September 10, 2010

this sentimental girl

Tucked away, safe in a miniature cedar chest... there are treasures from another life. Treasures that speak of the girl I was then, and the dreams she held for tomorrow. Golden graduation tassel, Class Day program, concert ticket stubs, a high school journalism award... and a ring.
She came home with the ring packet... excitement wrapped around her face, already putting her style to work on the pages of the catalog. These rings are not inexpensive... but we had already put her off one year. And a Mama's heart wants to give her everything she can. Delving deeper into the price list, I notice addd-ons galore... but I tell her to pick out her dream ring... and then we'd go from there, perhaps cutting off options to make it a bit more affordable. She smiles back agreeable, and I am thankful. The price is still a bit mind-boggling... and I wish I could tell her someday some beautiful man is going to bless her with another kind of ring, and this one will be tucked away, a treasure from another day. But I won't. Because that is not fair to a sixteen year old's fantasies.

After inquiring about a friend's idea, I found out that the company will recycle a gold class ring... for a fairly significant amount. So I dig into this box that contains memories and slide that gold over my finger one more time. I loved it then... and I kinda love it now. But I know... that the chances of me donning it every day, or ever again, are so slim. And wouldn't I give so much more than this to make her smile?

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7 comments:

Richella said...

Why, yes. Yes, you would. And this is just one of the many reasons I love you.

You're wonderful.

Kelli said...

How very sweet and inspiring! I can remember way back when the time came for me to order my class ring that My dad had lost his job. My mom sacrificed, scrimped and saved to allow me the joy of getting the ring I wished for. I didn't know this at the time and the memory still brings tears to my eyes. Thank you!

Kat said...

Excuse me while I wipe the tears....so sweet *sniff, sniff*

Busy Bee Suz said...

YOU are the BEST!!!!
I had no idea you could recycle them....
Lo is not really interested in the class ring...and she loves her some bling-bling, so this was a surprise.

Cassie said...

Good for you mama. You're a darling. There isn't much we wouldn't do for those precious kids. I sold my Barbie doll and then my beloved guitar in about the same type of situation. Things we once had great pleasure with, bringing pleasure once again, to a fresh, new child. Amen.

Graceful said...

Oh Dawn, you are the sweetest mama ever. I have goosebumps and teary eyes this morning. Thank you for blessing me with this sweet gift of generosity -- you are wonderful!

dawn said...

It will mean that much more to her this way...

You are so sweet.