Who will hold the key to their special memory?
There are many wonderful things siblings share, but there is one I’d like to chat about today. I think it is one of the most special bonds brothers and sisters share - memories of their mother. These are powerful memories that evoke immediate reactions from the heart. They often cause one to glance to one another. I too have a sibling whom I am blessing to share memories with. We often can be caught smiling at one another recalling a childhood memory of our mother, our little inside joke so to speak. Though there were many challenges and some memories that were unpleasant, we choose to see them as building blocks and we focus on the good ones.
We can recall particular moments in our lives with our mom that brought us comfort, stability, joy, a sense of belonging, and of love. Unknowingly we have taken great care in our memory to recall specific details to create a mental image of that specific instance. We remember what mom looked like; her approximate age; the clothing she wore; her hair color; and how she styled her hair. We could recall what she was doing and where she was. We even remembered other things that later became more significant to us like the smell of fresh baked pies; mom’s perfume; and every detail of the very jewelry mom wore.
The same is true for Susan. Susan is a local high school teacher who shared with her sisters a wonderful memory. A memory of their mother wearing a scarab bracelet. Susan’s desire was that all three sisters would enjoy the bracelet, but how? She would solve the problem by giving each sister two scarabs. What do you do with two scarab cabochons with such importance? You seek help to create unique custom jewelry. A friend of Susan’s suggested she contact me to commission the redesign of the bracelet into three sets of earrings.
Susan and I met for a short consultation where I listened to her story, desires, and style preferences. After I examined the bracelet, it was very evident that her mother loved wearing the bracelet because it had obvious signs of being worn a lot. Such a special piece with all the wonderful memories associated with it is a key element in the memories of their mother. I wanted to bring honor to those memories by making something each sister could own, wear often, and even pass down to her children. Together we agreed upon a process, redesign plan, and I set to work.
The sisters received a double gift from Susan this past Christmas.
A beautiful unique pair of scarab keepsake earrings to wear and a personal story of their mom to share.
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