I Carry Your Heart With Me

I suppose that I developed some peculiar habits after my father’s recent passing. Like not being able to leave the house without one of his possessions.

A familiar ring on a chain around my neck. A tie clip secured to a small notepad. An extra mass card tucked into my wallet.

Just as I promised myself that I would shortly wean of this newfound urgency, life surreptitiously presented a solution (as it often does).  A gifted locket from Monica Rich Kosann arrived in the mail with incredibly uncanny timing. I’m still wrapping my head around the synchronicities of that day.


The whole family took interested in my new keepsake, with input on how best to carry my father’s memory.


A favorite quote from a poem read at my wedding took on new meaning, and a spot close to my heart, on the locket’s left side.  While an image of my dad, just as he always was, in a sharp suit, Borsalino fedora, and one of his many cameras around his neck, filled the other.

beautiful-quote-after-loss-of-a-loved-one-E.E. Cummings

i carry you heart with me (i carry it in my heart) – E.E. Cummings

I think with hope about the day that I may want to swap out the locket’s images to that of my children (and even grandchildren).  Unlike some of the pieces that I regularly wear, this timeless locket is one that I can see myself wearing many decades later.  I’m grateful to carry my father so close to my heart – and I know that someday when I give this locket to my daughter, it will bear the significance of familial memories and a legacy wrapped in hope and love.

Special thank you to Monica Rich Kosann Jewelry.  Shop her collection this Mother’s Day online, at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and other Fine Jewelers.



  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. That locket is absolutely gorgeous and what a lovely way to carry him around with you always.

  2. That such a beautiful locket. I’m sorry you have it for such a sad reason. =(

  3. I know it’s been a tough few weeks for you, but know that I am always here, in thought and prayer. The locket is gorgeous! What a beautiful way to keep your father’s legacy alive.

  4. Clara M. Jackson says

    Beautifully heartfelt words Monica. I love this story so much and I too think with hope about you finding comfort in memories and dreams of giving this locket to your darling daughter. You do what you do so very well and I am in love with your writing. My granddaughter needs a truly special gift and hopping over to the website now. Sending a virtual hug your way. Your doing a great job.

  5. I love this, it warms my heart. I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I am glad you have this and it can carry your father’s memory.

  6. I love this locket, and this poem by e. e. cummings. It has always been of my favorites!

  7. I feel you hun, a lot of things changed for me after my father passed. I love the locket and the picture you keep in it. Hugs.

  8. I love that e.e.cummings quote – what a wonderful way to honor your father. Thinking of you!

  9. This is such a nice way to remember your father. I love the picture you chose and the quote is very sweet.

  10. What a gorgeous piece with so much meaning behind it. I think the quote and the beautiful photo of your father make the perfect inclusions too.

  11. That is such a beautiful quote from E.E. Cummings- and a beautiful locket. I’m so sorry for your loss and hope that this brings you comfort as you remember the special memories you had with your father.

  12. This is so special. I love that they could put a real photo of your dad as you remember him and a poem. Now you’ll never have to leave the house again without him.

  13. This is a beautiful locket! I love how you can place the picture inside, great way to carry your dad’s memories

  14. I am in love with this so much, what a beautiful idea as a gift to a loved one. Perfection!

  15. Such a beautiful locket and a lovely way to cherish a loved one.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I actually lost my dad and finally today was able to post about it also.

  16. This is a perfect way to keep him close to your heat. Beautiful.

  17. What a gorgeous locket and beautiful way to keep your father with you. It is a treasure to keep always.

  18. What a beautiful way to carry the memory of your loved one with you everyday. So beautiful.

  19. I am very sorry to hear the recent passing of your father. This is so lovely.

  20. So so sorry about your loss. This is beautiful.

  21. Sending Hugs and Prayers your way! I know how it feels I lost my dad as well (and Grandmother and Great-Grandmother all within three months of one another back-to-back) and I think the locket is a beautiful keepsake and a wonderful way to keep him close to your heart!

  22. What a beautiful locket, and such a special way to keep your father with you.

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