I got a wonderful haul of buttons from the charity shop today for 80p
I love these brown and tortoiseshell type ones
The reason for buttons twice in the title of this post is due to an incident a few years ago.
When the kids were young we went to see a pantomime every year (I probably enjoyed them more than they did because I love the audience participation).
One year it was Cinderella, and Buttons was on stage at the beginning introducing it. He had a bag and when he left he hung it up at the front of the stage and said if anyone should go near it, the audience had to shout 'Buttons' and he would come back.
Of course as soon as he'd gone someone else came on, noticed the bag and was walking up to it so we all started shouting 'Buttons'.
Can you believe that I was the only person in a full theatre that thought he meant keep shouting until he came back?
I let rip with 'Buttons, Buttons, Bu...' and everyone else just did one, so my second 'Buttons' was to a completely quiet auditorium. The kids were so embarrassed, but it got a laugh!
Ever since then if buttons are mentioned it always has to be said twice.