No, not about Cindy-Ella’s dog in my book The Godmother (shameless plug). This post is about the kind of buttons that fasten up through buttonholes (or not).
Why do duvet covers have to have all those buttons that take forever to do up (when you’re already shattered from stuffing the duvet into the thing)? Why can’t they all have zips?
The worst scenario is when I get to the end and find I’ve missed a buttonhole somewhere along the line and have to unbutton my way back to find it. Even worse, when the mismatched pair was at the start of my buttoning. (Maybe you’ve had even worse experiences, such as the budgerigar, or kitten, or puppy creeping inside unnoticed and getting trapped and panicking…)
Another pet hate is long shirts that designers insist on fitting with tiny buttons. I have a couple of these. The buttonholes always seem smaller than the buttons, especially when new, and mine rarely get past that newly tight-buttoned stage, because I rarely commit to wearing them. Who has so much time to waste in the morning, even when retired?
Even worse is when you get to the bottom of the buttons and – you guessed it – there’s one left over! I suspect mine will be candidates for the charity shop soon.