My dear Hilda found these scissors. They came into my life by air mail, as her gifts often do.

Legend has it that midwives used them to cut the umbilical cords of newborn babies. While they waited for the woman in labour, they would sew or embroider, and repurpose the special stork scissors to cut their thread.

I’ve been reading about scissors. They’re not just for thread and umbilical cords. Putting scissors under the pillow of a person in pain will cut the pain in half. Passing scissors from hand to hand cuts the tie of friendship, so put the scissors down and let the other to pick them up. And another thing: don’t do any cutting on New Year’s Day, it’ll cut off your luck for the whole year. Or, that’s what they say.

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