Today I spent my lunch hour searching for the perfect buttons at Buttonham Palace. Although messy, they seem to know where everything is and have a huge selection of buttons to choose from. I was helped by a Russian woman, who I presume was the owner, and she really got into the spirit of finding just the right button for me.
First, I showed her my shirt and we found some wonderful glass buttons to match.
Next, I pulled out my Juliet sweater I am working (term used loosely) on. I found some delicious orange buttons that gave the colors that pop I was wanting.
The shop owner doubted my choice at first but came around when I showed her the combo a bit more. Besides, I was in Target afterwards and saw that the new issue of Martha Stewart has the same color combo on the cover. Can’t argue with that!
Anyhoo, at seeing that I both sew and knit she asked me
“are you married?”
“no”, I replied.
She said “you knit and sew and you are not married? I am very surprised. Women do not do these things anymore. Some woman come into the shop for me to sew on buttons. I do it, but it is a terrible shame and it makes me sad. You will make someone a good wife”
I thought this was funny as I do not craft to increase my chance of marriage but rather because I enjoy the process. However, it is too bad the criteria for marriage is no longer the mastery of the domestic arts as I would be a shoe in 🙂 . I am pretty sure men are not searching Match.com to find the perfect seamstress with a profile like “Do you need pants hemmed, sweaters knit, and gourmet meals? Well you have come to the right place!”. In the end maybe I need “The Marriage Course”
So although I am not actively in the market (because I am lazy), as a single woman I am curious. Since Home Ec skills no longer define the desirability or marriage potential of women, what IS the new criteria for today’s woman?