We’re working our way through some of the simply splendid social rituals and customs of the Victorian Age and today we introduce you to The Morning Call.
Email, texting, bloggig, tweeting, Facebook and whatever else technology will surely send our way to keep us connected, is nothing compared to The Morning Call. Paying and receiving social calls consumed the energies of thousands of gentlewomen in the Victorian era. “The Call” was how they maintained and enlarged their cirlcle of acquaintances.
The time for making these networking calls was after lunch – still daylight, therefore the “Morning Call”. No well-heeled gentlewoman would dare make A Call before lunch – that’s because the lady of the house was dealing with her household staff to plan the dinner menu, the weekend guests, the household account and the myriad of details it took to run a Victorian household.
Visitors making The Call would be assured of a cup of tea and a scone at minimum. Larger households pulled out all the stops and set a tea table replete with sandwiches, tea, a cake or two and of course scones and clotted cream and preserves, and an equally-fine tea service.
“Calling” was the Victorian way to maintain and regulate social networks. Surely a more genteel pastime than tweeting one’s whereabouts.
Let’s kick start a revival of this genteel pastime by using Mother’s Day and make The Morning Call an annual tradition.
Comment and let us know how you spent Mother’s Day.