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Charmed, I'm sure...

I think, by accident, I have become a collector of charm bracelets. Which is odd, since I’m not that much of a jewelry person.

I am, however, absurdly sentimental. One of my grandmothers, on long car trips, would amuse me by telling me the story behind each charm on her charm bracelet. She had two, and I am happy to know all those stories. When I wear them and they jingle, I feel like I might be on my way to ride a rollercoaster, see magnificent trees, or get a new doll.

One of my other grandmothers (Can I just say that extra grandparents are a wonderful thing?) had a silver charm bracelet. In the course of my cleaning up and clearing out, I remembered that I had it and took it to be repaired as well as lengthened for my less delicate wrist. There are charms for my brother and me, engraved with our names and birthdays, a tiny cruise ship, a saint talisman. More stories.

That same grandmother gave me lots of charms for my own silver charm bracelet, also getting repaired and lengthened since I have grown in the thirty some years since I got it. I realized that my own bracelet has its own set of stories.

Which makes it not so odd after all that I collect them.

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jan_can_too
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
Anytime you want to go on a car trip to the beach or the redwoods or the Winchester Mystery House! I'd be happy to pass the stories along.
happy_potterer
Oct. 1st, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan of the aesthetic but I love the stories, even at this age.

Maybe I should collect the charms and string them somewhere else, or make them into a necklace--I don't like lots of dangly things on my arm, but around my neck, sure. Joy made me a necklace that is basically charms related to our life together, and I adore it.
jan_can_too
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
I do feel a little jingly, like Cricket, when I wear any of the bracelets. But the bracelets are more fun than charmholders, I think. In fact, I think I have some future bracelet denizens hanging around on charmholders...

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!
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