To The Daily Sun,
On day last summer I was walking on the Meredith docks when I saw a smart-looking older woman with a friend. Since I just love talking to people and finding out their story — if they don't want the converse, that's fine, too, I stopped to say hello. While we were having a convivial conversation I was briefly interrupted by her admiring my earrings — they were large large, fake-gold and filigreed. After many repeated compliments, I finally took them off and said, "Would you like them?" With a sparkle in her eye she removed her crystal, drop earrings, gave them to me and we went away "new women!" You might think this is the end of the story, but — no.
I learned that she lived at Golden View and I had intended to visit her but was a little slow on the up-take and before I did she moved to South Carolina. Well, my church, Trinity Episcopal, brings services to Golden View and one day I made another friend who asked me to visit her there. This time I was a little more responsible. The day I went to visit, guess what? I discovered she made jewelry and lo and behold there were a pair of earrings that look just like the ones I had given away. I mentioned the similarity and she told me this story:
She was given the earrings by a very lovely resident who was told my other Golden View residents that they were too big for her (like is was their business) and she reluctantly gave them to her jewelry-making friend. When I told her my story she insisted on giving them to me and I love seeing them on my jewelry rack and wish I could meet with the true owner.
Talk about "what goes around comes around!"
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