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.
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.