2003-12-05 - 3:31 p.m.
When we cleaned out my grandmother's stuff after her death, we found every corsage she'd ever been given. They were all dried and labeled with the name of the event and the date given. Drawers and drawers of these.
She also had dozens of "pretty" bags. I mean shopping bags. Bags from fancy stores. Bags that glittered or were bright colors.
I had thought for years that I didn't really know her until I found those corsages and "pretty things". And then I realized I knew her more deeply than I ever suspected.