by Robin Kaye
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Love tokens can come in many forms but jewelry is definitely a tried and true symbol of caring. As I look back at all the “expressions of love” I’ve gotten from guys, I wondered how many of you shared similar experiences.
First up, the puppy loves from grade school, when you were sure that cute seven-year-old boy sitting across the room was destined to be your husband and you would live happily-ever-after. Except what first grader (or second or third, etc) can afford that big, honking diamond ring to show his love? So instead of rings, we gave half-heart necklaces. Anyone remember those? The boy wore half a heart on a chain and the girlfriend wore the other half. I looked for a picture to show you but I couldn’t find one like we used to give. I found half-heart pictures just none like we had.
Then we left those childish half-hearts behind for ID bracelets. You too? The guy’s name was engraved on the silver bar and the girl would wear it as a sign they were going steady. But now that I actually look at an ID bracelet, it kind of reminds me of handcuffs and shackles. Umm. Anyone else? I remember in the ninth grade “going steady” with a boy I’ll call “Kenny” (because that was his name!). We were going to a “formal” dance. I wore a long turquoise chiffon dress with (get this!) over the elbow gloves! My date got mad because I wouldn’t wear his ID bracelet on top of my gloves. I was appalled. That would totally have destroyed “the look of sophistication” I was going for. Needless to say, that relationship did last. J
By the ninth grade we had added wearing “our guy’s” letterman jacket. Of course these were always huge on the girl but it was an obvious sign of “going steady.” Back then, we didn’t have girls’ sports so other than the cheerleaders, girls couldn’t “earn” a letterman’s jacket. The only way to get one was from your feller! (Isn’t that an awesome picture? It’s the REAL ONE from my junior high days with the guys in their letterman jackets. As I was posting this, I wondered how many of them had to get the jacket back from some girl before this picture could be taken.)
Graduating to high school meant leaving behind silly things like ID bracelets, but we held on to those lettermen’s jackets as a status symbol. But as we aged and crushes became love (immature as it might have been) rings began to make statement about the couple’s commitment. Sometimes it was an initial ring. Or it could be a senior ring. Both of these required yards of yarn wrapped about the ring’s band because like the jacket, these items never fit. But a new type of ring came into fashion… the “Promise Ring.” (see the picture to the right.) I think it was supposed to mean more than going steady, but it never did to me! I had that ring for years until I gave it to my niece, who was nice enough to photograph it and send it for this blog.
So why am I talking about this today? In my book, Texas Two Step, my hero (Mitch) gives the heroine (Olivia) a diamond locket for her birthday while they are dating as a sign of his affection. In it, she carries a picture of her son and Mitch. When she wears it to the wedding rehearsal and Mitch asks her if she ever put any pictures in it, she lies. What choice did she have? Mitch doesn’t know about her son and seeing a picture in a locket might not be the best way to tell him.
Now that you’ve been down my memory lane, tell me about yours. What symbols of devotion did you give or receive when you were growing up? ID bracelets? Initial rings? Senior rings? Matching tattoos?
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