wearing eleanor

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the other day, i put my grandma’s ring on; wiggled it around my finger.  and, then found myself reaching for a pair of her earrings.  the ones with the signature clasp that she always wore.  my earrings have backs, hers circled around and met together.  i’ve been known to adorn my ears with these earrings when life needed a little adorning.  on days when i faced something big, or when weeks were facing me down.  choosing those earrings was choosing courage, clasping it right on.  i didn’t have to conjure up my own, i just rested in her reserves.  my grandma was bold.  bold when she spoke.  it was a strength, and it was a weakness.   that’s how they come, packaged together, usually.

wearing-eleanor-2_lalalovelyblog

the other day, i put my grandma’s ring on; wiggled it around my finger. and, then found myself reaching for a pair of her earrings. the ones with the signature clasp that she always wore. my earrings have backs, hers circled around and met together. i’ve been known to adorn my ears with these earrings when life needed a little adorning. on days when i faced something big, or when weeks were facing me down. choosing those earrings was choosing courage, clasping it right on. i didn’t have to conjure up my own, i just rested in her reserves. my grandma was bold. bold when she spoke. it was a strength, and it was a weakness. that’s how they come, packaged together, usually.

she told everyone and anyone about her faith and she sometimes told me off, in front of my friends.  both embarrassed me then, both have emboldened me, now.

with both the earrings and the ring on, i went to church and somewhere between the music and the teaching i found i was sitting in a section that she had once sat in with me.  i remembered in vivid detail what the day was like.  i was upset with her, because she had, yes, embarrassed me….this time in front of my jr. high english teacher.  we had the same blue mini van, ours being a safari and his an astro (this is how i told them apart) and she tried getting in his van instead of ours – cringe and eye-rolls off the chart.   embarrassing then and just laughable now.  looking back, i’d be more embarrased of my behavior then her mix up.

in an instant all of the life between then and now flashed and flooded.  it warmed my heart and chilled it at the very same time.  in a sliver of second i felt the warmth of familiarity and the cold trick of it only being a memory.  so much change.  i twisted and wrung my ring.  round and round.  i meandered through memory after memory hoping to hold onto happy.  i held the ring, the memories, the moment and i let them hold me.

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i’m still wearing the ring and wearing eleanor.  i must need her light.  her boldness.  her courage.  her faith.  her i’d do anything for you ness.  who knows, maybe other characteristics i still have to learn about her.  ones i didn’t recognize or appreciate as a  young child and a somewhat self absorbed teenager.  i hope to discover them, still.  and, i hope to find reflections of her in me.  sparkling, shining, shimmering reflections, not glimmering from her ring on my finger or the vintage earrings clasped to my ears, but from my life.  a life of light, boldness, courage, faith, and i’d do anything for you ness.

 

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  • Lauren
    Commented on January 26th, 2015 at 11:51am

    This is such a sweet sentiment! How powerful to be able to have/wear small token of those we love. I have my Grandmother’s mother’s wedding ring. My Grandma wore it every day when I was growing up. It is such a treasure.

    Also, what nail polish are you wearing? It’s perfect!

  • Trina
    Commented on January 26th, 2015 at 1:55pm

    thank you, lauren! how special that you have your great grandma’s wedding ring and that it reminds you of your grandma wearing it. those kind of memories are the ones that make us who we are.
    the nail polish is the Vinylux weekly polish by CNDC…the color is called Svelte Suede. the polish stays on great! xo . t

  • lisa thomson-the great escape
    Commented on January 27th, 2015 at 1:04am

    Love this post, Trina. It’s so heartfelt and really touching. Jewelry has power and the memory of your grandmother is so special. It’s nice you have the tokens to wear.

  • Trina
    Commented on January 27th, 2015 at 7:45am

    thank you, lisa. it’s lovely to be able to remember by wearing a piece you remember seeing your loved one wear and to still feel close, even if it is by way of jewelry or photographs or things. xo . t

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