Some other uses of a handkerchief besides the wiping of glasses, eyes, hands and noses:
I have placed a hanky on the grass to sit, or to brush dirt off a chair.
I have tied a hanky to my car antenna to alert the Auto club where I broke down.
I have held one to my nose for an entire 4-hour flight with a smelly seatmate.
I have used it to apply water to clothing that captured a beverage or food drip.
I have used a hanky to cover my eyes on a plane.
I have bobby pinned one to my head for a makeshift hat for religious respect.
At an outdoor wedding I was able to use it to dry off a chair.
Of course at weddings I may tear up and my trusty hanky is there to dab my eyes and protect my eye make-up.
The old Fashioned hanky is the best gift for someone who has to have chemotherapy treatments where hair falls out. Not all chemotherapies have the side effect of a loss of hair but many do. Hair falls out on the patient’s entire body including nose hairs.
Who ever thought nose hairs were unimportant is the person who has never lost them. The hairs stop drips.
If you are going through chemo and loose your hair, it is one more insult to injury to have a constant runny or drippy nose. Hence the perfect gift, the Hanky!
I happen to be a big fan of hankies before I even had chemo. Living in a rainy, moist climate and wearing glasses, one has to wipe her glasses on something and a nice pretty soft hanky is just the thing.
My Mother was a hanky aficionado. Every purse she owned had a hanky inside. She gave me a bunch of hankies to start my collection. She would find some in thrift or consignment stores and buy them for me. Every coat I have has a hanky in a pocket.
I amassed quite a collection and add to it when I find some too. When I know a woman who is going through chemo, I usually give them a hanky or two. More than once the person has looked at me oddly but usually they discover it is a needed accessory.
Are you a hanky user? Did your Mother tell you to never trust a man who doesn’t carry a hanky?