I created a website dedicated to the Life, Legacy and Memory of 1920's-1950's Businesswoman Hattie Carnegie.
Hattie tells the truth....
One of Hattie's models was engaged to be married. Hattie was very happy for her employee, and wanted to have a little bridal shower for her after hours.
Hattie thought that this was the perfect time to have a heart to heart with some of the girls who were in attendance at the party, in an informal and relaxed setting.
Hattie decided to share the wisdom that she had gained over the years, and offered the girls some unsolicited advice.
She told them that because they were beautiful girls, that they should be careful and make intelligent decisions, because they had promising futures, and she understood that most of them were looking forward to having a husband, house and family of their own. The advice she offered was make important events in your life special, she thought that none of them should ever choose to "LIVE" with a man until they were married. Surprised by this advice, they thought it would be fun and turned the focus of the conversation around and put Hattie on the spot because they wanted to know the "TRUTH" about their employer.
The girls decided to inquire if Hattie had "LIVED" with John or as they referred to him the "Major" before they were officially united in marriage because it was common knowledge that Hattie and the Major were teenage sweethearts.
Hattie answered, "ABSOLUTELY NOT! It's not accepted today, but back in my day, if you had LIVED with a man, you were called some awful names, and you were shunned by your neighborhood. It was unheard of an unmarried women living with a man………and then Hattie added an unexpected shocker to her statement that she presented to her audience, "I HAD PLENTY OF PEPPERMINTS IN MY PURSE, AND I JUST MADE SURE THAT I NEVER WRINKLED MY BEAUTIFUL NEGLIGEE IN MY OVERNIGHT BAG!"