Old friends, you can always call
Old friends Lord, you can't buy 'em
You know it's old friends after all.
- Guy Clark
My daughter and I had a lovely visit over lunch with my two of my mother's best childhood friends. I wish with all my heart that she were still here and could have joined us - but since that wasn't possible, I did what I always do when I want Mom with me - I wore some of her jewelry. Not surprisingly, when I mentioned the earrings were Mom's, her friends recognized them right away.
My mom wore this pair of simple gold hoops all the time. Like my silver pair (shared in a previous post) they were the ones she never bothered to put away. I went looking for a photo of her wearing the earrings and found this one - taken just about a year before she died. She's holding my niece, who is now 14 - and for whom, along with my own daughter, I've had some of her jewelry reset into new pieces.
Like my mom, my niece has a January birthday. One year I gave my mom a pair of garnet earrings as a gift - she wore those a lot, too. Because there were two (earrings and granddaughters) I had the garnets reset as pendants, with another of the small diamonds from Mom's earrings - one for each girl, as a remembrance. Once again, the work was done by Chuck Schaffer at Russell Korman Jewelers.
I'm so grateful for all the connections I still have to my mom - through her friends (who have become my friends, too, especially as adults), my family, and the tangible tokens she left to me.