I think I’m going soft in my old age. Today in my lecture for Patriarchy, Sex, and Gender in Early Modern Europe we discussed parenthood and family life. Of course, while we have a whole host of happy beloved babies, history isn’t always so rosy. My professor showed us this website, Threads of Feeling, which is a document of the textile markers and notes left with abandoned babies in the London Foundling Hospital in the 18th century.
Here’s the one that really got to me:
No, I’m not crying, that’s just history in my eye.