I am a very sentimental person. I am probably a borderline hoarder. Ok, not quite. But, at one point in time, I had saved every single paper my boys had done in school. I have since weeded that down to a couple boxes that I am working on photographing & only saving the really special pictures, poems, stories & things. My point is that I treasure a lot!
But, the memory that popped into my head when I read the Photography 101 assignment for the day… Treasure
In the absence of a wooden chest full of gold doubloons, any object or experience that is deeply meaningful can be a treasure. Items, places, people — we all cherish something, or someone.
was this …
When I was a little girl, I wore rings on every finger. And, I wanted a birthstone ring. Of course, I picked out a really expensive beauty. But, my Mom had other ideas. She bought me a pretty, yet simple little ruby ring. She told me that if I could be responsible and not lose that ring, she would buy me a more expensive ring when I got older. She never did. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I am the baby. The only girl. I was a very spoiled child. Still am! My parent’s worked hard so they could provide our family with everything we needed and then some. As I got older, I valued their sacrifice and would have never asked for more. Fact is, I loved that little ring. I wore it every day!
When I got married, I still wore a bunch of jewelry. And, of course, my husband heard my story & bought me a beautiful new ruby ring.
These days, I rarely wear jewelry at all. But, I will always treasure the memories represented by these rings as much as I treasure the rings themselves.
** And just a thought about today’s assignment … jewelry is very hard to photograph, esp up close. I tried different backgrounds, different things to prop the jewelry with and different lighting. Most of my photos were just a big blur. The one I used isn’t great, but it was the best shot of the day.