The Green Necklace
She watched with anticipation as I opened her present that was bought with her very own, hard earned money. This precious gift to her nana that is always spoiling her. I can feel her excitement as I carefully remove the wrapping paper “always try to keep the paper and ribbons.. you can always use them again” I like sharing my wisdom.
Inside, taped to a soft cover of a teen harlequin novel (she knows I love to read and so does she) is a bright green sparkly necklace with matching earrings. I am taken back in time to another Christmas years ago.
It was my young sons expectant face looking up to mine as I carefully opened his gift, bought with great care using his own money. Inside is the softest grey wool sweater and a pretty broach.. he is so proud of his find. He explained how he shopped everywhere, and I was so touched by his desire to find just the right gift for me.
I have always remembered that gift and his expectant eyes and his happiness at my approval.
I never wore the sweater.. well maybe once and same for the broach. What I do remember, is his queries as to why I never wore his gifts. At the time, I just shrugged it off with some lame explanations. I was a busy working mom after all, but.. there are things in our lives that we look back on and remember.
I am always saddened by the fact that I neglected to pay more attention to such a simple act. How I have wished I had that to do over again.. but I don’t. I have never forgotten that sweater, and the broach and his proud face.. but he doesn’t know that.
I turn my attention back this beautiful green sparkly necklace and I clasp it onto my neck and affix the earrings onto my ears and I don’t take them off until I go to bed. I also know what I will be wearing on New Years eve.. even if I don’t go anywhere.
I have been given a second chance and I am grateful …….