Precious Treasures

Karen Derian

   My parents have always been precious to me; yes, even when I was a bratty child and teen.  They are the two people in my life that had the most influence and were the best role models to me, instilling a good old-school work ethic and high caliber of integrity in me.  They loved me when I was at my worst just as much when I was at my best.  With this in mind, there are two pieces of jewelry that I hold dear and you just may see me wearing at shows.

     Many years ago, my mom gave me a ring.  It was a simple ring with her initials engraved on it, but so worn that you can barely read the letters.  She told me that it was what she bought with her first ever paycheck when she was 14.  Being that their family was extremely poor, this was a huge deal because she had to quit school after the 8th grade in order to help support the family.

     When my dad passed in 1998, I was given his wedding ring and would wear it whenever I wanted to remember him.  Many years ago, I had it on while gardening (big mistake).  I wasn't wearing gloves as I like to feel the soil in my fingers.  Well, I had recently lost weight and you guessed it, lost the ring.  I was devastated!  I looked all around, retracing my steps all to no avail.  Later, my father-in-law visited, bringing his metal detector, and we still didn't find it.  I gave up all hope.  Then one year, a true miracle happened.  I was planting tomatoes in the garden and my hand trowel turned up the ring.  Just.  Like.  That.  Overcome with happy tears, I vowed NEVER to wear it again while I work.

     Even though my mom is living with us, she is very elderly and I know her time is short. I am proud to have such personal items that I can wear and be reminded of their love for me.  When I wear them, I always wear them together as that is how my parents spent their life...together. 

  Do you have a special piece of jewelry or item that reminds you of a loved one?  I would love to hear about it.  

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