Today, I am back to feeling a little more like myself; it only took a small thing. After several months, my charm bracelet was returned to me; just putting it back on made me feel different – more like me.
There are two pieces of jewellery that I wear constantly: my claddagh ring which never comes off (except for surgery), a silver version of the gold claddagh ring I was gifted by my paternal grandmother, who bestowed a claddagh ring on all her grand-daughters. When I stopped wearing gold I decided to obtain a replacement, silver, claddagh ring and, while living in Ireland, I bought a heavy ring in Blarney from Horgans. It hasn’t come off since, though I have a second, silver claddagh from the same store, which I bought on a subsequent visit, in case the first wears through.
Fast forward a decade: I started a charm bracelet, as the rose gold one I had since my teens no longer suited me. This new bracelet was silver, and already came with five charms. Since then, I have added charms to it, and I wear it daily, only really taking it off for bed and bath, because it catches. Like my ring, it’s become a part of me and not wearing either somehow feels wrong. It’s strange how it takes so little time to become attached. This year, I acquired some unusual charms and I took them to my friend, who knows a great jeweller, to have them attached. Months passed by, festivals passed, and I received it back, only to have a supposedly soldered charm fly off and away into neverland within 20 minutes. So, back it went and I only retrieved my charm bracelet, myself, from the jeweller today. I put it on in the shop and, oddly, instantly felt more myself.
The only downside today was hearing how fantastic the Seth Lakeman concert was; a concert I waited two years to attend. I ended up being very ill and so had to hand my tickets over to my companion, who was also ill but was able to attend. I am told it was well worth the money and his performance was amazing. Jackie Oates supported and I’m told was great, too.
On a more positive note, I received a parcel in the post with something a little bit special; something I’ve longed to have for ages, but perhaps I will write more about that another time.