I am, at heart, incredibly sentimental. It seems that this trait has increased with age, or at least from having children. Things that meant something to me as a child continue to touch me as an adult, often changing their meaning over time. For this reason you will now find me, every New Year, curled up on the sofa with tissue in hand and tears streaming down my cheeks as I watch (again) the fabulously sentimental ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Also I confess to feeling rather lost if I find it’s been too long since opening the pages of my favourite childhood book, The House at Pooh Corner.
It was this sentimentality that drew me to making silver keepsake jewellery. Being able to capture a precious fingerprint and make a beautiful piece of jewellery that I can treasure forever helps me a little bit when I think of how every day my children grow, learn and change just a little bit more. Amongst all the frustrations of daily life with children, there simply remains the fact that they won’t be there forever. How soon the baby days are over and before you know it you are waving them off for their first day at school! Which brings me back to Pooh……
I make no apology for the tears splashing on my keyboard as I read (and type) a quote from the end of the book, as Christopher Robin gets ready to start school and move away from his nursery friends in the Hundred Acre Wood:
“Pooh, promise you won’t forget about me, ever. Not even when I’m a hundred.”
Pooh thought for a little.
“How old shall I be then?”
“I promise,” he said………….
So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.
(A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner)
If you would like to find out more about my silver fingerprint jewellery range then please visit my website at http://www.moonriverjewellery.co.uk
(And yes, I do still have my childhood teddy bear AND my old copy of The House at Pooh Corner even though the pages are a little loose.)