Posted 2 months ago
This is a picture of my mother in 2004, in the Silk Wedding Shawl that was given to her when she married my father in 1946, by his mother. The tradition of passing down the Wedding Shawl from mother to oldest daughter, is from my Norwegian heritage on my fathers side. I don't know if it's a family tradition, or a Norwegian tradition, but it was changed, because my father's mother, only had sons, so the wife of the first son, to get married was given the shawl, continue passing down the Wedding Shawl.
Here is a passage from a family journal, that my great aunt Ada Jean wrote in 1964, talking about her mother, the Shawl and the Tradition:
This is transcribed from Ada's Journal:...I wonder where those things she treasured for so long, can be now? There was the gleaming folds of her Grandmother's wedding shawl. Julie wore it too, and handed down to Nora, and Mama gave it to our sister Constance after our older sister Katie, died. When Connie died, her son William gave it to his wife, Maurine, and maybe they will respect it for what it is, and what it means, but I would have liked for a little while, to love its age, and look at it now and then when I felt like dreaming of Nora, and Connie, and Julie, and Johanna, and whatever women creatures had it before them.
The Shawl now belongs to my oldest sister's daughter, and it continues...
The 3rd picture is my father's mother Connie in 1918, and the 4th picture is Connie's mother Nora at age 8, in 1883, just before she left Norway, to meet up with her mother Julie, who was already in Starbuck, Minn.
If anyone knows of this Tradition, or information about the Wedding Shawl, please help! :^)
Thank you for looking, any comments welcome!