When I first thought about the word "charm," I immediately thought about the years of collecting charms for my first charm bracelet. In particular, when I was 15 years old, I had the privilege of traveling the western part of the United States with 70+ other youth. Many of the other kids would buy t-shirts, but I chose to collect one charm from each stop to represent my stay.
Unfortunately, I have no idea where that charm bracelet is now (although I'm sure it's somewhere at my parents' home). However, the idea of collecting charms as a way of capturing memories, whether they be on a charm bracelet or earring or just a trinket hasn't faded. For example, I look at Cardboard Sea's image below and see the hint of a beautiful little girl wearing a sweet earring. I can't help but notice the earring, but more importantly, I see the soft reflection of a child. Years later, her mother will look back at this photo and remember a time of grace and charm...not of the earring, but of her daughter.
I think that's what charms do for us - they make our memories more tangible...even long after we lose the physical "charm."
Until next time,
Ashley of Ramblings and Photos
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