I have shared on It’s Just Life before many things that are associated with my parents. I have been feeling especially nostalgic these days and missing my mom since her death in December. Grief can be all consuming at times.
I find myself thinking “Oh, I should tell Mother that when I see her next time.” Or “I need to send her a postcard of these pretty flowers – she would like that.” And then reality hits and I remember, once again, that I just can’t do that now.
I am at peace with her passing. I really am. Her life the past year, or more if I was honest, was nothing like she wanted or deserved. I know she is no longer trapped in her failing body and that makes me happy.
I have been trying to clean out a bit of clutter and just unneeded things –it’s a process for me but one I keep plugging away at. Today I worked on a drawer in my dresser where I have way too much jewelry. I found this necklace in a bag and it made me smile. This was THE thing that moms and grandmothers wore in the 90’s.
My mom didn’t really go for much expensive or showy jewelry but this necklace she loved. They were quite popular back in the day and I have my own version with replicas of Chris and myself and the two boys in their appropriate birth stone colors.
This Grandmother necklace brought her much happiness. I just noticed that my brothers are in the wrong order as I posted this picture but that’s okay. While I will never wear this it definitely brought a smile to my face.
How many of you had your own version or gave something similar to your own mother years ago? Tell me about a keepsake that brings you joy when you see it. Remember to Comment for a Cause for Ohio Guidestone.
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I haven´t seen one of those cute necklaces before but everyone had family rings it seemed with the birthstone of each family member. I have my grandmothers and my granddaughter now has my mom´s. I know what you mean about memories catching you off guard. Yesterday my granddaughter asked me for my mom´s kuchen recipe as she wants to try and replicate it with her daughter. I sent it off to her and had a cry. No one made kuchen as good as mom did and it was so sweet of my granddaughter to want to keep the memory alive. But we will never taste kuchen made by mom again.
Oh yes–the birthstone ring! I have one of those as well with the birthstones of the boys along side mine. A Mother’s ring I think it was called. I don’t wear it any more but I was so proud of that. I totally understand those moments when you just miss your mom so much and have to have a cry . It is all part of the grieving process and it is perfectly okay to do that. I am thinking of you.
A symbol of a beautiful life. Maybe you would like to display it in sone way? My mother had a small collection of memorabilia from her mother and grandmother and I display it in our curio cabinet.
I am thinking of ways that I can can display some of the things that she loved in a shadow box or something. I just have to get a bit more organized. 🙂
I have one with 3 charms for my two daughters and one granddaughter.
I am not surprised. They were a “thing” , weren’t they?
If your mom loved this necklace, then that’s all that counts. It represented love and family to her, what she held most dear, along with her faith. I’m sorry you lost her, Beth Ann. It’s hard, even with the passage of time.
Thanks, Audrey. She did love this necklace and her family was so very important to her. We have finally set a date for her Celebration of Life in September and are hopeful we can hold it safely then.
All too familiar. Both my mother and mother-in-law had these. I have a box with old jewelry from each of them as well as a couple of brooches from my grandmother and they are some of my little treasures.
Yes. So many of us had these little necklaces and don’t they just bring back all the memories? I loved these at the time and I wore mine all the time.
My Mother had been gone for at least 25 years before I finally stopped waking up from a dream thinking “Oh ! Great Grandma Millard ! I need to ask my Mom about her !”
YES! Exactly. They are always on our minds even when we don’t realize it. That is a good thing, I think.
I have one though haven’t worn it for years.
I knew a lot of ladies would have these or recognize them. It was part of an era!
My sweet Mama wear very little jewelry. I do have some pearls that her brother gave her for Christmas one year. Sense we lost her at a young age there was no children or
grandchildren jewelry. I am blessed to have jewelry my daughter and grandchildren have given me. The passed down pieces are a true blessing.
It is such a great thing to have something to pass on and I am sure you will have some special pieces that were given to you that you can share with your own family.
I have a necklace of my mom’s that I occasionally wear at Christmas very dainty.
I do have a cute story about our daughter, though. When I started graduate school, I looked in my backpack one day and there was a large chunky wooden heart that probably could have been used as a paper weight or a VERY large necklace. On it, my daughter had put an address label that had her name on it. (I don’t remember why they were sent to her since she was only in kindergarten or first grade.) Anyway, when I got home I asked her if she put the heart there. “Yes. That was just in case you went to school and forgot about me.” Not gonna happen ever! I left it in the backpack all 3 years of graduate school and it made me smile every time. She is still very much alive and still finds creative ways to share things with us.
I love this story! What a sweet, sweet thing Caroline did. As if you could ever forget her. Never. Thanks for sharing.