Wednesday, May 23, 2012
There is a Tradition ...one might even call it an old wives tale. It has to do with knives and scissors. I heard this first at my sisters wedding shower, almost 40 years ago when our cousin Phyllis gave my sister a great set o knives and then gave her a penny. We all asked what the penny was for and she told us "When you give something that will cut...there is a belief that it will cut the love or friendship so you must always give something round at the same time". After that, as is often the case, I heard the "old wives tale" everywhere. A few years ago I visited a wonderful family at a scissor factory in France. The were very kind and gave us some beautiful scissors that day. When we were ready to leave I gave the mother and her two sons each an American penny. Marie Claire hugged me and said "You know the tradition!".....it was a special moment. So when I design kits that will be used with scissors, I include a penny for you to put inside so if you ever loan them to a dear friend or loved one, the penny will keep your love and affection safe.