I got this necklace for my seventh birthday. I loved roller skating and Wonder Woman and Olivia Newton John's song, Xanadu. My mom made the giving of the necklace a sort of special thing, separate from my birthday party at Sunset Park. My mom was great at gifts and general thoughtfulness. Even at age seven, I knew how much care she put into choosing this for me. She knew I would love it. I still love it thirty-three years later. It reminds me of my mom. It reminds me of being a kid. It reminds me of being young and free and feeling the wind whoosh through my hair as I skated in big circles around the rink to awesome music and disco lights. It reminds me of who I am and who I've always been. It's a bit worn and tarnished, but it still shines. I think my mom would be proud of me. I hope so. I know so.
Thanks, mom, for this little gift of awesomeness. I miss you, and I think of you often.