Last week was still a bit chilly here, so I had a furry cap and a warm jacket on when I went into the post office. On my way out a young woman said to me, “The sun is shining; you’re going to have to take off that babushka!” I laughed. She is probably two generations removed from the common use of babushkas as head coverings. Forty plus years ago, it was common to see young as well as older women with the often large square scarf folded into a triangle and knotted under the chin to cover their heads in the cold weather. The girl in the post office probably heard her mother or grandmother refer to their head gear as a babushka. In Russian, the word means grandmother. There is a small ethnic restaurant off of Brecksville Road which is named Babushka. Bits and pieces of old world words pop up in unexpected places today.


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