A few weeks ago I was in a tizzy getting ready for our holiday pictures. I was searching for Lady Elle’s gold bow which I knew I had somewhere in her room just a few days before. My goodness, seriously, I do I lose these things so quickly. Note to self: get better organized in 2017. As I looked through a sterling silver cup on her dresser, I noticed a velvet jewelry case that Mr. E&G gave her on her third birthday. Inside was the heart-shaped pendant he gave her along with my grandmother’s gold bracelet.
My daughter Ellen, aka “Lady Elle” was named after my stubborn and spunky Grandma Ellen. Ellen was a “blessing” in my grandmother’s world. We live states away but my grandma would call Lady Elle on her birthdays and send her cards.
This December 31 marks the one year anniversary of my grandmothers’ passing. In the days leading up to my grandmother’s funeral, my sisters and I stayed at our grandmother’s house. The kids were having a sleepover at my aunt’s house nearby.
As soon as we arrived, my sisters and I started opening drawers and closets. We hadn’t stayed overnight in my Grandma’s house for more than two decades and curiosity got the best of us. Our spouses, most of whom were raised with brothers, couldn’t believe we were so nosey. Yep, we had no shame.
After looking through drawers, my sister pulled out an old box from a bedroom closet. Tucked inside were numerous pictures and items belonging to my grandfather who passed before we were born. There were old drivers licenses from when they moved to Richmond, bank notes and report cards. Also inside were two engraved bracelets. We had never seen these before. Only large enough to fit a child’s wrist, the bracelet undoubtedly had to belong to my grandmother when she was a child. The gold bracelet was engraved with her name “Ellen” and had a small still-in-tact tassel. It was beautiful. My sisters agreed it should now be my Ellen’s bracelet and I tucked it away for a special occasion.
Life got busy over the course of the year and I forgot about the bracelet. This is until I was searching for the gold bow. I found it at the perfect time. I never did find the gold bow, but the gold bracelet turned out to be the perfect accessory for our holiday pictures this year. It’s also a reminder that my grandma is with us at moments when I least expect it.
On a side note, I absolutely adore this bracelet. I believe everything old is new again and I think the bracelet is on point with today’s trends. Since I don’t know it’s origins, I found a couple of online stores below that sell similar ones today.
Chains of Gold on Etsy
Potionnumber9 on Etsy