Last Christmas when we were having family pictures taken in Hawaii, I wore a “statement” necklace. Have you embraced the statement necklace trend? I really have to control myself so that I don’t go out and buy every single statement necklace I see. It seems to me to be the one thing to take an outfit from so-so to BABAM!
I could wear a great white blouse, jeans, and a statement necklace every single day for the rest of my life and I’d be perfectly happy. Oh, and maybe a scarf.
The statement necklace I wore for our family pictures is special to me. It has a story behind it. I hope you’ll indulge me while I share.
Two years ago I helped host my 20 year high school reunion in Atlanta. It was the first time I’d seen many of my friends since graduating from high school in Germany in 1991. It was three days of amazing fun and memories!
On the last day of the reunion we all had lunch together at a great Germany restaurant in down town Atlanta. My sweet friend Chrissy had on a fabulous necklace that day. I complimented her on it. I obsessed about it a little. I had my picture taken with it. I may have even touched it. It wasn’t awkward at all. I left for the airport a few hours later and never really thought of it again.
A few months later I received a random package in the mail. It was THE necklace. It had a small note attached from Chrissy that said something to the affect of “Just Because”. I was profoundly touched. Chrissy had made a statement. And the statement was, “I care about you and wanted you to know I was thinking about you.” I treasure that necklace. Every time I wear it I think of Chrissy and her meaningful gesture.
Yesterday I learned that Chrissy’s dad passed away on Thanksgiving day after a long battle with cancer. It’s hard not to think about my dad and his cancer when hearing this news. I feel such love, compassion, sorrow and pain for Chrissy. I am praying for her really hard today.
This is me sending her a virtual necklace strung with beads of love and support.
I know her dad must have been a wonderful man to raise such a caring daughter.
Love you, Chrissy!