Friday, September 14, 2007

Charmed, I'm sure

I don't know about you, but I adore charms. I love that they're tiny objects of affection and sentimentality. The more you have, the bigger your story to tell. It's your birthday? There's a charm for you! Lost a tooth? There's one for you, too! Got your first period? Yep, young lady, there's even one for you! (My auntie Donna gave me a puffed gold heart for that one. Although I honestly didn't see the joy in commemorating such a downright inconvenient event.)
Growing up, my Mom always talked about the charm bracelets she got from her mom. She was obsessed with me finding them when she died and I got to clean out her bedroom. After a couple of long days I found them. Here they are in all their tarnished silver glory. I think one was Nana's and one was Mom's. Nana was a stewardess(ooh, how un-PC of me!) back in the day and married to a Marine. Hence all the travel-themed charms.
Nana's is the one with the hula girl and airplane.


I'm pretty sure this one was Mom's. The heart has her initials engraved on it.


There's a little suitcase charm on Mom's that when opened contains a little surprise...
How strangely wonderful!
It reminds me of the miniature eye portraits in mourning jewelry.




I think it may be Nana's eye...

3 comments:

Carla Ten Eyck said...

Dude. That is SO Nana's eye! How bizarre. But super cute. I, too, have an affinity for all things small. So you can imagine how disappointed I was when I married Dave! Ta Da!

Mim said...

We got Mica started on a charm bracelet way back and rels started to give them to her. It's thick with charms or was when I last saw it. I hope she still has it. So neat you have your mom's and nana's.

Anonymous said...

Always after me lucky charms....


Lucky