Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is “Treasure”. The challenge directs us to “capture something you treasure.” It might be something that wouldn’t seem like treasure to anyone but you. The first thing that came to mind is something of my grandmother’s that may not have great monetary value, but is worth more to me than diamonds or gold. It is a charm bracelet that I was fortunate to be able to have gotten after she died. She collected charms throughout the years from places she had been and things that were meaningful to her. As a child, one of the things I loved to do at Grandma’s house was to get her charm bracelet out and gently run the little charms through my fingers. I know she had a story for every charm, although I’m hard pressed to remember them now.
I deliberately blurred the first photo because to the casual observer, this bracelet might look like just a piece of costume jewelry, not standing out from any other piece. Upon taking a closer look, the detailed charms can be seen.
The little hen that opens to show baby chicks underneath, the little puppy, the Golden Gate Bridge, the tiny telephone, and a tiny mailbox are all there. Most importantly, there is the little charm containing the mustard seed, which had very special meaning to my grandma. That was in reference to her favorite quote from the Bible,
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. – Matthew 17:20
My grandma was a very special person and I loved her so much and miss her. Her birthday would be coming up this week and although I’m not sure that birthdays are celebrated in Heaven, I know that when I wear her bracelet on her birthday she will know that she is still loved and missed by me and so many others.
This bracelet is a treasure because of the memories of my grandma that are attached to it. It is also a reminder to me that I should cherish the special people in my life while I have them here.
Thanks for reading about my treasure! Make sure to click the link to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge above to see all the other clever and creative entries!