Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Musings

File this under "Mind Blow."  My mother gave me a packet today that contains her newborn baby clothes, delicately embroidered dresses and bonnets, and the hospital packet from Berkeley general in 1935.  Also included were pamphlets on breast feeding and baby care.

I know I bitch and moan about how much STUFF mom and dad have saved over the years, but this, oh this is a treasure!

I've never seen these before.  I'm not sure she remembered having them.  But wow.  These things are 81 years old.

The clothes are in extraordinarily good shape.  The embroidery on the clothes is beautiful.  The extensive book from the hospital entitled "Your Baby's Care" is quite comprehensive, as is the pamphlet on breast feeding.

That my grandmother, and then my mother, was able to keep them in such good condition is a marvel to me.

I want to put the bonnets on my grand daughter and photograph her in them! 

I am touched and honored that my mother gave these to me for safe keeping.

Talk about the passage of time, the arc of a life, and all that stuff I mentioned in my previous post.  These things have really blown my mind.


  1. wonderful, the only place I have ever seen things like this, in a museum.

  2. O so beautiful and moving, Tara. What a gift from your mother and your grandmother. The things we carried.

  3. What a treat. Thank you for sharing these lovely things with us.

  4. This is such a treasure, Tara. How wonderful that she saved these things all of these years. I can't wait to see Dylan in that bonnet.

  5. They are extraordinary! I can't wait to see your photos of your grandchild in them. Please do that and post them!

  6. How amazing! My MIL gave me a baby sweater knitted for my husband, but that's as far back as baby things go in our family. There is a quilt (a real hand-sewn pieced quilt) around here someplace that my mother's grandmother made for her as a teen. Probably I should find it...


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