When I was little girl growing up in church, my grandmother, and several of her friends used to wear safety pins over their left breast. Sometimes they would have a handkerchief attached. I never really thought about the significance of those pins. I always assumed it was either so they could keep up with the handkerchief, or in case some one needed to pin up their slip so it wouldn’t show. 🙂
But, now that I think about it, why would the wear them so often without a handkerchief attached? Wow! My grandmother may have been involved in a secret, not so secret club! Of course, knowing my grandmother, this does not surprise me in the least.
The reason I was thinking about this is because a new secret safety pin society has arisen. We have pledged to stand together with other ‘others’. To stand by, and with, to be a safe harbor when any of us is confronted and present a united front. I’m glad we’ve stepped up. I shall go out a get my safety pin.
I am almost positive Grandmother’s safety pin stood for something very similar.