I waited on pins and needles for her answer!I was reading Deb Ruth’s blog post last week about an Accidental Family Tradition. Deb talks about naming her daughter Starr and through family research found the name had been handed down in her family since the 1600’s. Deb unknowingly continued a long family tradition. Now isn’t that cool?
It also reminded me of an “Accidental Family Tradition” in my family! My Mom always folded her bath towels in half, then in half again, then finally in thirds. It makes for a fluffy towel that doesn’t take up a lot of space. I never knew why my Mom didn’t just fold the towels in half, then half again, the whole way through like everyone else but as a kid I didn’t care. I just wanted to get ‘em folded and get outside.
As an adult my sisters and I were talking and accidentally found we all still fold our bath towels in thirds. Even my adult nieces chimed in that that’s how they folded their towels too! Wow! Three generations folding towels with this same quirk! So the next time I saw her, I wanted to ask my Mom why the towel folding idiosyncrasy?
I imagined my grandmother, or even great-grandmother had done this. I had visions of a narrow shelf in some Victorian home that was only wide enough for towels folded in thirds. My guess was this towel folding had preceded me by many generations. I couldn’t wait to find out and tell my sisters.
When I asked my Mom this earth-shattering question about towel folding, including my hope of an interesting family story, she just shook her head. She said quite simply and to my amazement she had worked at Woolworth’s Dept. store in high school in the Domestics Department. That’s how she was told to fold towels and she just continued to fold them that way in her own home. (Big sigh on my part!)
So there you have it! Three generations of my family fold their bath towels the way Woolworth’s did back in the 1930’s. Yep, I’d say that falls into the “Accidental Family Tradition” category. Wouldn’t you?