Pearl Necklace

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One day when my daughter was 7 or 8, she gave me a pearl necklace that she had made at school. I told her I loved it and thanked her. That night before we went for dinner with friends, my daughter said to me, “Mom, you can wear your new necklace!”

I looked at necklace, thinking I shouldn’t disappoint her, but a small section of the necklace didn’t have pearl on it. “I’ll wear it next time,” I said.

“No, Mom, wear it today,” she said.

“I can’t. Not today. Next time, okay?”

She wasn’t happy; I felt terrible.

Many years later, I got older and was no longer care what people think of me. One day, when my daughter was home, I put on the pearl necklace for dinner at a nice restaurant. “Where did you get that?” my daughter asked.

“You made it for me, remember?”

“Oh… yes. Why are you wearing it?”

“You were quite upset that I didn’t wear it when we went out eating dinner with friends, remember?” I said. I paused and then continued in a soft voice, “I told you I would wear it later.”

She giggled. “That’s embarrassing. Would you please take it off now?”


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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37 Responses to Pearl Necklace

  1. loisajay says:

    Oh, Helen–this just made me smile.

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  2. seeker says:

    So sweet….the things we do for our children.

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    Such a sweet story. Even adults kids come up with the most clever of words. 🙂 🙂

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  4. Dalo 2013 says:

    Great story ~ I remember feeling so proud when my mom wore this very thin gold chain I got her from my lawn-mowing money…kids remember the best things and there isn’t anything better than Mom 🙂 We always know that Moms give everything (and more) for us…. Love this story (and great photo too…love the necklace, is it the one?!?).

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  5. mrsbearfoot says:

    What a wonderful mom you are, that you still have the necklace. 🙂

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  6. Well shared, Helen, Thank you. Just this Christmas one of the stocking stuffers I sent to my Mom was a (actually pretty) costume jewelry bracelet that I found at an estate sale. I sent it knowing full well what type of jewelry my Mom appreciates and wears, more as a gag. And she loves it! And I know (through my sisters) that she has actually worn it. Imagine what knowing that did for my feelings — when to the reverse of your story — it yielded a similar, good-feeling outcome. 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Eric, you are a wise man — I know that because I read your blog 😉 I can almost see your mom’s smiling face… an universal body language… for mothers. Thanks for sharing. Helen


  7. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Helen, everything has the right time, we can’t fix it later. Have a great week!

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  8. Amy says:

    I love this story. It tells much about mother and daughter… Beautifully done, Helen!

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  9. susanstudier says:

    Made me laugh out loud. This is another beautiful slice of life through your eyes, Helen.

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  10. Sue says:

    Similar memories here! Love her reaction to your wearing it now. 🙂

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  11. sunsetdragon says:

    Love this story.

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  12. treerabold says:

    What a sweet story. I think its funny how our outlook on things change. You no longer worry about what people think…now your daughter is embarrassed!

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  13. rommel says:

    A story about time. You’ve been giving us sweet and thought provoking, memorable stories.

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  14. It’s good story, as it illustrates well how parents can agonise over suspected slights to their children, who forget them within a very short time …
    Mind you, not that *I*’d know … :-\

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