Today was not a good day. Everything broke. It started with the key to our favorite game, Cranium Cariboo. We call it “The Ball Game”. It is THE game, and of course it’s no longer made. The purple key to the game is necessary to play the game.
The key broke today.
Then the long tongs broke in half. And the head of the very cool dragon broke off. Could things get worse?
Gloria’s necklace broke. For those of you who remember Milly the quilter, this was Milly’s gift to Gloria. It’s one of those irreplaceable things. The children know all about the necklace. Everyone was sad. I had the children all around me as I spread out the necklace.
Every heart had a detailed picture. We looked at each heart as if it was new. In many ways it was new, because I can’t remember the last time I looked at those hearts. One has a bird with a sunrise in the background. The children liked the hearts with flowers.
Sometimes things happen for a reason.
There I was, with children pressed against me, studying each heart as if it were a piece of art. I knew I had to do something. I announced to the class that I would take the necklace to Tracey Smith to be fixed. She is a local jeweler, well respected by the big jewelers in Boston. She knows Gloria. Her children were in my class years ago. Both have given back to the school with music and drumming, and summer camp. Tracey is a strong supporter of the school.
Tracey wanted to do more than repair the broken piece. She wanted to add missing hearts to the necklace. We had fun looking at all the choices.
Suddenly, this necklace became more than just ‘fixing a broken piece’. It was a shift to “What can we do for Gloria?” Now, that was exciting! From a storm to a rainbow, all in a moment. We went shopping! We found two perfect hearts, plus a beautiful Aqua medallion. Gloria’s necklace has never had a medallion. I think Milly would be thrilled!
Tomorrow we will have a grand presentation to Gloria of her new necklace. The children will be more excited than Gloria. Stay tuned for the big event, Part 2, tomorrow.