Thursday, March 8, 2012

all in a memory

Charmed RS

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

Untitled by Cardboard Sea


7 comments:

kkkkaty said...

My turn to comment on your work, Ashley...this is delightful and a treasure, yes.

augcott said...

I've always loved charms .... those bracelets are wonderful!

Susan said...

Beautiful thoughts. I hope you find your bracelet. Charms remind me of my grandmother, who had a charm bracelet with silhouettes of all her grandchildren. Lovely images.

Kirstin said...

What a wonderful story, Ashley. I wonder if you will collect charms for your daughter!

urban muser said...

beautiful ashley. i love your idea of a collection of charms as memories. love!

Anne said...
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Anne said...

just found your blog and it's a delightful read. simply beautiful...

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