Fainting was fun and didn't seem to have too much seriousness about it for us. Mum would tell us to get up on the table so she could hem our skirts or dresses, and every time we'd faint! I dont know why we continued the activity year after year without a sweet drink or something which would prevent the faint! Those watching had a lot of fun observing the person on the table, ready to call out "She's going to faint Mum!". Mum just continued working saying, "Stand still!". (which is possibly exactly why we fainted!) The whole episode was comical! Sunday church was another great fainting time, and there would always be someone, not necessarily from our family, who would stagger drunkenly down the aisle to the outside air. This instantly gave us something of interest to concentrate on other than listening to the boring service!
Marie: And yet another story!
It seems to be a trait of the elderly to tell stories and often repeat the same stories. As our family has a major Reunion in February 2015 I will tell a family story each day and NOT repeat it for 100 days. I will use christian names from our earlier generations as pseudonyms.