Showers of all kinds

Rain is not the only variety troubling society circles

Linen, kitchen, stocking, apron, cushion and bric-a-brac deluges of daily occurrence — Baby shower is the crowning affliction which has sprung into popularity

Showers have ceased to become a fad; they are a mania. Reference is not made to Observer Lyons’ doubtless well-meant intentions during the past two months, but to society’s determined efforts to see that prospective brides are launched on the matrimonial sea with every necessity and every luxury, from a mop stick and an ice cream freezer to a party shawl.

“I’ve had seven,” said a prospective bride, the other day, with every appearance of satisfaction. “Mabel gave me a linen shower, Jessie gave a kitchen shower, Mary gave a handkerchief shower, Polly gave a stocking shower, Auntie gave an apron shower, Bessie gave a cushion shower, and Jennie gave a bric-a-brac shower. But goodness me,” and the bride sighed deeply, “I hope all those girls don’t get married in the same year.”

If the showers stopped with brides, no exception could be taken. But they have reached babies. A baby shower is the latest phase of the development of the mania.

The baby, like the bride, is generally prospective. The mother is supposed at one of those showers to receive enough clothes to last the infant for the first year of its life. But sometimes there are awkward miscalculations. It is an undeniable fact that some things are easier to make than others, so occasionally there is a discouraging sameness about the articles produced at a baby shower. For instance, one chubby infant ushered into the world not many moons ago was confronted by seven pale blue kimonas, that seven well-meaning but mistaken friends of its mother had provided. A bride is able generally to make some disposition of duplicated articles. A baby, however, is without this resource.

Perhaps, in the near future, the humane society will see fit to number the baby showers among those acts of cruelty toward children which the society tries vainly to suppress.

About this story

Source publication date: May 17, 1902

Notes: The Saint Paul Globe (St. Paul, Minn.)

Filed under: 1900s, Culture & lifestyle, Family & parenting, Love & marriage, Weddings

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