15 February 2011

how charming!

I love charm bracelets because they are the perfect illustration of the person who is wearing it. One of my favorite charm bracelets is one that I will never wear. It is a vintage bracelet that was given to me by my mother and I would never risk losing it.

The little charms represent the various places she has traveled and lived, including Texas, France and Japan. The tiny abacus on the right reminds me of a real one that we had hanging in my childhood home. As a kid, I learned to count on the abacus and as an adult I simply played with it for fun. This bracelet also has a replica Lieutenant Colonel's leaf and Army seal representing my mother's role as an officer's wife as well as my father's rank in the military. I am a big fan of silhouettes and there are three on this bracelet for my brother, sister and me. Each has our name and birth date on it and now I wear a similar little boy silhouette charm with Cameron's name on a necklace (to be seen in a future blog). I purchased this charm bracelet shortly after I found out I was having a little boy. I love it because it has a little compartment to hold a lock of hair or a baby's tooth in it, though I will put neither one in it. Instead, the little compartment holds my wishes, making the space unlimited. My Junior League charm bracelet was an addition when I reached 10 years of service with the League and became a Sustainer. I have a few other charm bracelets that I have purchased or have been given along the way, but these are three of my favorites. What do the charms on your bracelet represent?