Saturday, May 26, 2018

best gifts of a lifetime



The things we take with us.

I was given these two items when I was thirty two, The jade bracelet has not budged from my wrist since given to me , I can not get it off even if I wanted to- a gift from China when it was favored nation, still under Mao. I have caught it in heavy doors, chopped wood and hit it with the ax , fallen- sliding along the sidewalk on it, had surgeries, and it has not budged. Jade bracelets are said to protect! This one certainly has. The ones you may see that are hinged with hardware are the ones broken, they have lost their luck.

The shawl,  brought back to me from  Afghanistan, finely hand woven from the chin hairs of goats, dyed by plant juices ,  has gone with me to every country, every state, a comfort/security blanket and most practical , light and warm. I have used it every winter/fall/spring since I was 32. It is light to pack, warm enough to use  for sleep.

I have  all but lost the friends who gave me these  - I take them with me every day. They are still my friends in memory and heart- and  the best gifts I have received from so long ago.

8 comments:

  1. These two objects touch my heart. Sometimes things are far more than just things.

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    1. I agree,The bracelet is part of me now having been there for over forty years, and the shawl is a comfort always, Friendship!

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  2. As a weaver, I am really attracted to your shawl. I know you've had it twenty odd years, but... do you see the few fringes that would like some attention. Just saying. It's served you well.

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    1. It has been hauled all over the world, is in really good nick considering it's travels. The fringes ...I have not even noticed!

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  3. the people may have gone by but not the friendships.

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    1. Still love the people but you know how it goes...different paths and such.

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  4. You should send your two friends who gave you these lovely gifts a copy of this post. It might be nice for them to know how much you appreciate the presents they gave, even if you're not still in regular contact.

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    1. Great idea. I sent flowers, and LOVE

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