at her house at Christmas time.
As we were going through boxes one evening, she showed me her sunbonnet from when she was a young girl. As a farmer's daughter she picked many pounds of cotton wearing this very bonnet. It is a simple flat pattern and the brim was kept stiff with slats of thin cardboard inserted in the pockets.
I asked if I could have it, and she wondered what I wanted it for. "To hang on my kitchen clothesline, of course!" I told her. I have several other small pieces of nostalgia hanging on my kitchen wall, and I thought it would work in perfectly. So she agreed to let me have it. She told me if I ever needed to replace the cardboard in the bonnet, that a cereal box was what to use. I'll be sure to keep that in mind!
I thought I remembered some colored slides of the family working in the field, with the girls wearing their sunbonnets. Turns out, in these pictures they are actually gathering sweet potatoes, not cotton.
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