Sian at From High in the Sky hosts a monthly Storytelling Sunday. This year it’s about those precious things and memories we hold dear to our hearts, and this month Sian suggested we consider “something about togetherness or something given in love.” I knew right away what I wanted to share. It’s a piece of jewelry. I’ve done a scrapbook page on it before (part of my very first Christmas Journal in 2006), and I shared jewelry last month as well, but this comes to mind immediately.
Here’s the journaling I did nearly seven years ago. I don’t think it can be improved on much.
The perfect present--I got it years ago, and there’s a sad story behind it. My mother died while I was in college. She didn’t have a lot of jewelry, but she had a beautiful fire opal my father had given her on their wedding day. It was her birthstone. When she died, I took the ring and wore it constantly, not knowing that opals are very soft stones. The opal had a small crack in it when I got it, barely noticeable, but with in a few years a large crack developed down the middle. I was heartbroken when the jeweler said that nothing could be done to save it.
That Christmas Tracy gave me a beautiful opal ring. We had just bought our first home, my job was not secure, and there wasn’t a lot of money for gifts. I was stunned and so moved. It is my favorite ring, but I only wear it on special occasions. One damaged opal is enough.
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