An American Tradition among Women
In the early days of this country; especially on the frontier, there were no formal modes of communication.
Women would gather during quilting bees, jelly making, and barn raisings; they would talk of all that was happening in the community and develop friendships. Newspapers were a city amenity. Even in the urban areas most people still conveyed news of marriages, childbirths, and deaths by word of mouth.
Today with news streaming on a continual basis; gossip has moved from a way to convey important events to a way to slander others.
Gossip is very addicting and we all fall prey to it; but it is also very damaging, especially to female friendships. It serves as another form of division among us that should be eradicated if strengthening the bonds of the community is the goal.