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.
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.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.
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