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.