There are and have been many Dorothys in my life. My mother had several friends named Dorothy. I have several myself.
Dorothy Faye Dunaway, no stranger to many, dropped her first name when she became famous. I guess it didn't flow well in print. When I was growing up, my mother was an interior designer, among other things. She adored Dorothy Draper. Dorothy Draper loved color, stripes, black and white checked floors, and telling people what to do. She wrote two books that were always by my mother's bedside: "Decorating is Fun" and "Entertaining is Fun." When I could not sleep at night I would sneak into Mama's room and take the books back to my room to read. The books are full of great advice and pictures. The pictures may seem a bit dated, as is the entertaining advice, but both have so much enthusiasm they cheer me up every time I read them.
We have a cat I call Dorothy Draper because she drapes herself over everything she gets on. Our son Will married a lovely person whose name is Dorothy -- I have yet to see her drape over anything. The name Dorothy comes from the Greek "Dorothea," meaning God's Gift.
I feel that way about all of my Dorothys.
A new shift is happening on the first baby front. First-time grannies are being showered with goodies at "Grandbaby Showers." Before the arrival of a first grandchild, parties are given to help the new grandmama. Gifts like Beatrix Potter books, toys the new granny can use while babysitting, even bottles of wine and booze are given.
I think it is a great idea, but why not throw granddaddy showers as well? You could give the old boy cigars and craft beers, so when he escapes to his man cave he'll have something to enjoy too.
Warren Buffett's sister Doris Buffett has charitable causes of her own. She has established the Sunshine Lady Foundation and has a group of seven women who pore over the many letters they receive requesting help. Doris has not been to my store for several years, and I have missed seeing her. She has never mentioned her brother, and I never said I knew who she was either. Doris always had a smile on her face and a good and kind heart. I bet she is sitting in the rocking chair she bought from me the last time she was here wondering whom to help next.
The Literacy Center in Bluffton has invited volunteers to help in its adult literacy programs. Previous teaching experience is not required. The Bluffton Learning Center is at 1-B Kittie's Landing. Knowledge of languages other than English is also not necessary. Details: Marie Lewis at 843-815-6616
The Technical College of the Lowcountry is offering free tuition to qualified graduates of public high schools in Beaufort County. What a wonderful way to get students to try harder in high school. The program aims to promote higher education to help communities build a foundation for a better future for our children.
The next Bluffton Sunset Party at the Bluffton Oyster Factory will be from 5 to 9 p.m. June 13. The series of sunset parties benefit the Palmetto Animal League. Tickets at the door are $5, and free for children 12 and younger. Lawn chairs and well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome, but no outside food or drink is allowed. Details: 843-757-8520 or www.blufftonsunsetparty.com
Jacob Preston, Bluffton's tallest potter, a man of great wisdom and a very gifted artist, made the front cover of the June issue of Traditional Home Magazine. One of Jacob's beautiful creations graces the table in a home at Palmetto Bluff.
Last week in my article about tunafish I made a mistake. I wrote that Starkist Tuna was canned in Lyons, Ga. It is not. Chicken of the Sea Tuna is canned in that lovely town. Sorry for the confusion.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.