This will be linked up at the WEDNESDAY WRITING PROMPT 10.
Ready? Here’s the prompt:
Write a story or poem using the word button with 325 words or less.
Now, here’s my version:
CUTE AS A BUTTON
Ah, yes – cute as a button. We’ve all heard that phrase, right? It’s usually used to describe something adorable or pretty or small. You’ll most often hear it used when someone is complimenting a baby or a child.
Speaking of a button, do you have a collection of buttons? I do. Seems hubby is always needing a button sewn onto his pants and occasionally onto a dress shirt. Buttons are such a convenience to us but have you ever wondered how long buttons have been around?
So, this isn’t exactly a story but more of a bit of info for those who are curious. The first buttons were made of bone, bronze, horn, shells, and wood but were used as ornaments instead of fasteners. Research shows they’ve been around since 2800 BC having been discovered in the Indus Valley Civilization, South Asia. Other ancient buttons date back to 2200 BC in Scotland at the Tomb of the Eagles, and 2000 BC in China and Ancient Rome. As with most research, these dates are estimated depending on the source.
Brooches, buckles, and pins were used for securing clothing later on but didn’t work very well. Buttonholes first appeared for the wealthy during the 11th to 13th century. Some research says in France while others say Germany. However, the first buttonholes were simply slits made in fabric just big enough for a button to pass through.
Zippers finally made their debut in the 1800s but that’s another story. Anyway, buttons, what would we do without them? Today, they come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. They’re most commonly made of plastic, metal, wood, glass, or shells and are not just for clothing. You can find buttons on purses, tote bags, and wallets for example. And, let’s not forget the crafters who make some awesome crafts with buttons!
Click here to see where I party!
Cute as a button is a fun phrase, Dee. Yes, most often we use it to refer to children or babies, though many people consider their pets like children, so I hear it said about small pets too.
Yes, Lisa. I’ve seen some pets that are definitely cute as a button 🙂
Interesting history of buttons! I’m always fascinated by the jewelry that crafters make from buttons.
Carol, most jewelry crafters amaze me!
What a great short story! I inherited a button tin from my husband’s grandmother and though I rarely use it I just love all those pretty colored buttons.
Oh, Joanne, I bet that is quite a collection!
What an interesting bit of history! And then came velcro … LOL
Yep, Donna, velcro is wonderful, isn’t it!
Very cute phrase. I think we have all used that phrase. I think my grandmother collected buttons. Times were tough back then.
Linda, I have a small button collection. Hubby is always needing one sewn on to his shirts or pants.