We finally have some sun here on the Gulf Coast after a few weeks of clouds and spotty rain showers. It got me to thinking about the story I previously wrote about my Grandmother’s Pocketbook.
|“I paid Doris Leigh seven dollars and fifty two cents to do my hair, andÂ
I’m not about to ruin it in the rain!”
Inside the pocketbook were several interesting things. Â One of them being a rain bonnet. Â Do you remember those? Â I’m sure your Grandmother had one too.
For those of you who never had a proper Grandmother, or lived in the desert, the rain bonnet was a small, plastic scarf, that folded accorrdian-style into a tiny packet.
Both of my Grandmothers had plastic head covers. They looked hilarious, but now that I think about it, were very practical. Â Especially when you had your hair “done” once a week at Bee Bee’s Beauty Parlor.
That round mound of hair had to last from Sunday morning services to the Eastern Star on Saturday Â night.
Years ago, on a sweltering summer morning, my Alabama Grandmother and I were caught beneath a fruit stand during a sudden downpour. She offered me a rain bonnet of my own (how clever to have a spare), but I almost fainted with pre-teen embarrassment at the thought of putting one of those things on my head!
Moments later, she looked beautifully coiffed behind the giant Lincoln’s steering wheel, while I sat next to her on the bench seat looking like a drowned rat.
I always referred to the modern hand held dryer as a “blow dryer” until I called a New York hotel years ago to inquire as to whether or not they had a “blow dryer” in the room, and they didn’t know what in the heck I was talking about until I finally said – Â ” For your HAIR – TO DRY YOUR HAIR.” Â Oh, a hair dryer? Well, yes. Â They had that. Why didn’t I just say so in the first place?
No telling what they thought I was talking about.
Thank goodness gracious I didn’t ask for a rain bonnet!
Click here to read the original “Inside The Brown Pocketbook.”
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