There are 5 types of strands and 2 types of styles
Collar: 10-13 inches
Princess Length: 17-19 inches
Matinee Length: 20-24 inches
Opera Length: 28-35 inches
Pearl Rope: 45+ inches
Uniform Style: Pearls are all one size.
Graduated Style: Pearls graduate from large to small starting in the center. This style became popular in the US in the 1950's by the Gi's who brought home pearls from Japan. A graduated strand was much more affordable than a uniform strand because most of the pearls were small.
Yesterday Kenny and I spent part of the afternoon visiting with his MawMaw. She is the ultimate Grandma and I always say she definitely got all A's at Grandma school! She calls you Sugar, has big blue eyes that don't take any bull, gives big grandma hugs, and LOVES to chat! She is such a sweet lady and has so many wonderful stories about growing up in the late 20's and 30's.That era just fascinates me and I love that she lives near by to share them with us.
We talked about how gosh darn hot it is outside and asked how in the world she grew up with out AC.
"Well, Sugar, we didn't know any different. It's not that were weren't hot, we just adapted. I learned real quick it was better to crack the window for circulation rather than open it wide. Some people would even sleep out on the screened in porch." she laughed.
Her dear friends Luther and Francis came by and those two gals giggled about growing up, climbing trees, running barefoot in the maize fields catching small shadows to cool down their feet, and the inconvenience of always having to wear dresses.
"We would come home from Sunday School, strip off our Sunday Dress, kick off our shoes, and throw on a old ratty school dress to play in. Daddy said it wasn't appropriate for girls to wear shorts." Francis said.
Then they said something that I wasn't expecting. We started talking about family members that had passed. Luther and MawMaw are both the babies in their families and all of their siblings and parents have passed on.
"I still catch myself picking up the phone to call my sister or wanting to talk to my mother." Luther said. "Oh I know, anytime I have a question about something I thought, oh, I'll just call my sister, she can tell me the answer." MawMaw replied.
It's weird, I catch myself doing this too.
At that moment that I realized, no matter how long someone has been gone or whether you are 25 or 85, you still miss and love those who have passed and remember them as if it was just yesterday you were having lunch, laughing together.
Take some time this week and call up your grandparents, they would love it!
P.S. Please say a little prayer for MawMaw, she has a big surgery today.