It has been missing for months. I was frantic and devastated. Oh - the tears I have shed over this piece of jewelry. I have prayed, wished and hoped.
This is no ordinary bracelet. It was the wedding gift I received from my husband.
As a wedding gift the bracelet came with a wedding cake charm and some other beautifully special ones. Over the last two years I have added charms received on special occasions.
Our first Valentine's day as husband and wife, first anniversary, a promotion, good health news, a beautiful snowflake from Boston.
Each and every charm was a cherished memory.
When the bracelet vanished I was devastated. I conjured up all manner of scenarios for its disappearance. Secretly I was terrified that I had lost the bracelet as punishment. I had been ungrateful and had at times resented the heavy, clunky piece of jewelry.
Like all lessons I learned the value of the bracelet the minute it was lost. I mourned the bracelet not as a lost item of jewelry or adornment. I mourned the memories captured in every link.
The return of this bracelet is a gift from Providence. When I tentatively reached my hand into the pocket of a seldom worn jacket a thrill shot through me. As I held the bracelet in my hand I quite literally wept. I called G at work and frightened the life from him with my sobs!
I have learned a lesson about vanity and about gratitude. I feel so desperately blessed to have had this item returned. I look forward to making memories with my husband and adding charms throughout our life together.
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