Thursday, May 23, 2013

Reinstating My Mother: A Royal Theme


Today, while sipping at coffee at a Starbucks I thought about Stockton and also of some good official news about my mother. Since you expressed interest, Good Readership, today’s blog will have another of her etiquette tips -- and enjoy the timely royal theme as it affects my family and possibly yours.

Stockton and its beautification in an agrarian sense deserves accolade in my perception from my vantage today. The Miracle Mile recent improvements including adding indigenous flora in standard purple is delightful. Now for another matter. What has Stockton and its windy currents carrying irritants and dust lately under critical scrutiny by deportment specialists is a strange undercurrent of tissueless nose wiping somehow touted as ‘sanitary.’ Sadly, a rumor preceded it all that ‘some woman’ was instructing local groups to wipe noses with fingers and hands and let the residue dry and flake off and that it was thereby sanitary. Not so. Don’t forego the tissue or anything handy like it such as a napkin or even a traditional handkerchief which is always a winning choice. In a pinch, the inside sleeve of the off-hand is passable as it is not encountered in handshakes or in passing currency or other alike communal motions. In this season of high-winds and allergens I hope to see this all improve. Redignify the city.

For the good official royal news. My mother, Irma Cristina Aznar Rubio Leal Wall aka Cris whom you’ll recall with her royal knight father was born into quiet royal lines has had her official disenfranchisement from royalty ended. Once she’d made choices outside the bloodlines that led to official disenfranchisement. It was not a problem for her to be one hundred percent royal dna and not official royal status any longer and it was not a punishment. Converting to Mormonism and marrying outside royalty were the reasons for her disenfranchisement from royalty. Now that she’s spent a lifetime in charity work and has reached a gracious 82 years old she’s been reinstated into the royalty she was born into officially. Thank you to His Catholic Majesty and others, and to those of you with considerate well wishes for my mother. My brother and his offspring and myself are all blessed by my mother’s reinstatement. Also a thank you to the Spanish Embassy for official handling of inquiries and matters of the Spanish Household.

My mother’s father, Armand Aznar was a medic in World War I for Germany and he was also a knight for Spain, modernly the Spanish Household. You’ll recall that royalty are grouped into ‘Households’ or sometimes called ‘House of …’ in the simple organization of. I think upon it as I write today that the Spanish Household historically has been quite extensive and like others including of the many countries with royalty boasted over a hundred kings at once. My research for a novel manuscript underway led to identity theft information on it all, in history. Sometimes as many as five identity theft groups were impersonating a kingdom at a time, often from nearby, boldly intercepting and carrying on.

Stockton of late has been graced by the recent and quiet arrival of some royals choosing to reside here now and who mostly blend in while working and living in the area. From a selectively bred set of distinguished bloodlines and touting mostly full royal dna they are here also to become available to consider timely social matches outside of royalty for those with the confidence of means and merit. This is a special time when these companionable royals and even myself (as my brother and his offspring and I are now included also with the reinstatement mentioned) are available for dignified connections. Not since the World Wars when accommodating echelons gracefully integrated many royals has there been such an en masse movement. Official inquiries are encouraged and gentle approaches are acceptable. Watch for signs of heraldry and for some historic military dignity for your speculations. Or simply add to your royal sightseeing if you can behave circumspect fully. Thank you, in advance, for your genteel inclusions.

I got out my mother’s etiquette coursework she taught again, dusted it off, and looking it over selected a tidbit about a Chinese princess who once brought the first fork to the Dark Ages royal courts and changed fine dining forever. Sterling is popular today for formal service and to preserve it from vinegar on salads sometimes a gold fork has been used for the salad course which should be in just-right bite-sized pieces to enjoy, by the way. The other option if not gold is an acceptable non-sterling non-tarnishable piece, being considerate to a host’s or hostess’ collection.

Take care.

Sartorially yours,
Kristin-Marie Wall

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