Academic journal article Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin

Our Button Box

Academic journal article Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin

Our Button Box

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My mother had a button box. It wasn't actually a box; it was a round tin that had once been used for another purpose, and it was kept on the treadle of my grandmother's old sewing machine.

I loved "going through the button box" while Mother was making a new garment or looking for a replacement for a lost button on a shirt or a blouse. There must have been hundreds of them, in all colors and sizes. They had all been snipped offoutgrown or outdated clothing to be reused. Some were bright and shiny, some were leather, others were made of wood, and still others were satin or velvet. It was easy to tell which ones were for ordinary clothing and which had come from a blouse or dress that had been worn for a special occasion. I remember sorting them by color, or size, or type. Once in a while, I would be allowed to use a needle and thread to make a great long button necklace to wear until the time to put it all away.

In many ways, Delta Kappa Gamma members are very much like Mother's button box. We are as varied as the contents of that tin. We come from all ethnicities, in all shapes and sizes. Some of us are bright and shiny; others are more subdued. …

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