Thursday, February 22, 2018

03.05.18 The Passage of Time

My hollow form earrings -
I like them with this necklace
Time passes more quickly once you become a parent...I know this because it seems like just yesterday that our youngest was born, and yet she will graduate from college in less than 100 days.

I was thinking about this when I pulled out one of my many "mom" necklaces to wear on a quick trip to Boston a couple of weekends ago.

I went to visit our daughter who has been criss-crossing the country to do interviews at graduate programs. School was on February break, and she had a few days off between trips. I thought it would be nice to squeeze in a little extra rest, some good food and a few hours of fun.

Rather than having her schlep home - I decided to do the traveling.

The Boston skyline - from our hotel room

As if it to remind me how time flies - and how much things change - this picture popped up in my Facebook memories reminding me that it's been almost exactly five years since she and I made our initial trip to Boston to look at colleges.

One of our tour guides invited her to see the organic chemistry lab - where, it turns out, she would spend a significant amount of time over her four years (she's an organic chemistry TA and a biochemistry major).

I on the other hand - would not set foot in a jewelry studio until almost two years later!

During her time there, she has come to love Boston - the food, the arts and culture, and the extensive if not always easy to navigate system of mass transit. 

On previous visits she has shown us the city and introduced us to some of her very favorite places.  We crammed several of them in on the last afternoon of this visit.

Our first stop was Tatte bakery - where we had a fabulous lunch and dessert -

then on to the Museum of Fine Arts, because I really wanted to see the "Past is Present" exhibit of contemporary jewelry based on ancient themes.

Photo credit: MFA Boston

I have to admit, that based on the previews for the exhibit - and that it was underwritten by Cartier - I expected it to be bigger.  There were only about 70 pieces - but it was still very interesting.

The first case focused on ancient themes that had been recreated by contemporary jewelers - and featured this scarab brooch by Cartier - placed next to a very similar Egyptian antiquity.

There was also a case full of jewelry with pieces that depicted images of travel destinations.  I really liked these, because as I have written before, I don't wear t-shirts, but I love to buy jewelry as souvenirs.

I didn't see anything in the museum shop cases that I wanted to take home - but that's okay - the best souvenir from this trip was the chance to spend a sunny afternoon making memories.

Until next time.

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