I recycled before recycling was cool. Back in the day we called it 'Waste Not Want Not'. For me as an artist in the last 13 years of blogging these "4R's" became my motto...RePurpose-Recycle-ReNew-ReSale. The Broachability of R#4 or R#5...Resale or Rubish is an example post supporting "4R's".
Moving on to 2022. In order to minimize waste another 'R' has been added to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Acts slogan 'Reduce-Reuse-Recycle' to include Rethink!
So...I've been Rethinking my wine drinking. Still about pinot noir and cost with careful consideration to bottle shape and color. Since glass has been taken off the recycle bin list, I'm Rethinking how to Reuse and Recycle wine bottles and of course other glass items.
Kind of a treasure hunt, really. Not just for the bracelet itself, but for the memories it holds. Each and every charm marks a significant event and brings back memories of the young women who were members of local Beta Sigma Phi.
An international non-academic sorority made up of women of all ages; usually in twenties or thirties that builds friendships that last a lifetime. Founded in 193l, in Abilene, Texas.
All the protocols fit me as a new member in 1974...Heart Charm...27 years old. Lifetime friendships...thanks to Facebook connections and small hometown.
They both wrote about the weather. Mother received Iowa snow weather report in her February card and Grandmother enjoyed the Texas Spring weather news on her May birthday.
Grandmother's news had bits on Mother's siblings and their children. Mother shared her letters and a favorite subject written about was Grandmother's church activities and the Ladies Bible Study. Those words to this day bring back a 5 year old's childhood memory of going to church with my Grandmother.
Right after the Amen of the Offering Prayer and the Deacons preparing to pass the Offering Plate, Grandmother took the hanky she had tucked into the band of her watch and untied the corner where she had secured her tithe. She handed me a few coins and together we dropped them in the silver velvet lined plate. Our coins landed as softly as any of the small bills.
So, now 70 years later, my treasured charm bracelet made from Grandmother's watch brings joy to my heart and such gratitude for having these two women in my life for their lifetime.
Alana at Ramblin' with AM