Mother’s Day is right around the corner, which usually meant I would wait until about two days beforehand when my older brother would call me and say, “Did you get anything for Mom yet?” A trip to the florist and reservations for dinner the following week would ensue, year after year. This year I wanted it to be something different and special. The only problem is I didn’t know what that could be. I looked online, walked around the mall, but nothing was screaming, “I’m perfect for your Mother.”
On the way home from the mall, I was stuck in traffic in front of a local jewelry store and thought, “Why not?” I can’t think of the last time I bought jewelry, and in the back of my head, I was trying to picture what kind of jewelry my mom wore. Did she like diamond necklaces or simple gold ones? Does she have a pair of diamond earrings? Would she wear a diamond bracelet? What kind of jewelry should I even be looking at?
Having not spent any time in a jewelry store recently meant I was in for a world of surprise. Sure, there was an extensive collection of diamond engagement rings and other wedding jewelry. There were plenty of rows of earrings and rings, and a nice watch collection as well. But there was so much more. There were rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other gemstones, all flawlessly presented on earrings, necklaces and bracelets. There were pins and brooches, and a whole collection of pendants, ranging from the religious and beautiful to the fun and fanciful.
For a brief moment, I thought about getting my Mom a sliding dolphin pendant on a silver chain, but then I remembered that I wanted this to be special and not silly. I found a beautiful platinum bracelet that had small emeralds embedded all the way around it. I remembered how much she loved the movie “The Wizard of Oz” so if she asks, I was going to tell her I went all the way to the Emerald City to buy this for her. She probably won’t believe me, but at least she’ll know I didn’t wait until the last minute this time.