Today’s earrings are happy earrings. They’re also the second pair I put on this morning.
The first pair were sad. Their hooks are too small, so the earring in my right ear couldn’t dangle because the hook was squashed against my earlobe. I removed the earrings, which are nice enough, but I won’t wear them again. I bought them, so I won’t feel guilty deserting them.
The hole in my right ear is almost two millimeters higher than the hole in my left ear. And, it’s not because my right ear is higher than my left ear. The clerk in the store where I had my ears pierced miscalculated.
I thought about having my right ear pierced again to lower the hole, so earrings that are meant to dangle, can dangle. I was told to let the old hole close up first to avoid a potential tear between the old and new holes. That would’ve taken months, so I’ve kept my uneven hole. Instead, I’ve learned not to buy earrings with small hooks.
My friend Sandi bought these happy silver and green earrings for me on one of her cruises. Before today I’d only worn them a couple of times because I had lukewarm feelings about them. But this morning when I put them on as a second choice and looked in the mirror, a heatwave of happiness blew over me. How did I not love these earrings from the start? They bounce and swirl. They catch light and throw it back through the air. They’re sassy and amusing. They’re an incarnation of my friend Sandi.
The first time I met Sandi’s son, he said, “I’m surprised you and my mom are such good friends because of your age difference.”
“Yeah, your mom’s a little young for me, but I overlook that,” I said.
When he stopped laughing, he said, “Touché.”
Sandi was seventeen years older than me, but in numbers only. Her son knew exactly what I meant.
Today’s earrings are happy and young at heart, just like Sandi was. If not for my “Thirty Days of Earrings” blogging, I might not have ever worn them again.
But, today these earrings danced beneath my ears, and I felt young at heart.
I will wear them again, and often.
[Click here to hear Frank Sinatra sing “Young at Heart.”]