Indigo, Verde, Sienna

My mother did her writing seated at a Queen Anne writing desk. When folded down, the top rested on two trestle supports carved with lion heads. The desk’s 26 drawers were filled with mementos from her many voyages. Some were filled with bundled letters, neatly tied with silk ribbon. It was easy to see her preferences. Warm friendship warranted a red ribbon, while emanations from an obnoxious aunt were wrapped in navy-blue. My mother didn’t like surprises. Another of her idiosyncrasies was her dedicated use of inks: indigo, verde and sienna. Verde letters went to her many garden friends, since she was the president of the local horticultural society and preferred stylus to telephone. Her closest kin recognized mom’s indigo and sienna, and seeing one of her characteristic writings lying on my doormat, I knew which one to open first.

Trianon Letters

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~ by authenticmodels on July 22, 2011.

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