Pete has asked me before…”What is a towhead”.Â These kids…are toe-heads.Â And since I am on that subject…I found myself wondering…”why toe-head”?Â What does that mean?Â And why do blonde, little kids get called that.Â So, for your history lesson of the day:
In colonial times, families grew their own flax to make into fabric for clothing. Transforming the flax into thread was a complicated, involved process with many time-consuming steps. After the flax was harvested, it was soaked in water for several days to soften it so the inner fibers could be removed from the stalk. To separate the long, thin fibers from the shorter, coarser ones, the flax was pulled through a bed of nails or combed in a process called “towing.” The shorter fibers that were extricated were of a lesser quality and were called “tow.” This led to the term “towheads” to describe people, particularly children, whose hair resembled these strands.Â (And before reading this…I thought it was “toe-head”!Â Goes to show what I know!)
And some images to represent the “towheads”!! Blake and Jared Michael are just as beautiful as two children can be!Â I am really looking forward to your family portrait session out on the beach, S. Family!Â (Wonder if there are any more towheads?? ha!)
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