During my last week at work, my wonderful boss and co-workers threw me the nicest, warmest, happiest going away party a girl could ask for.
My boss, the Dean of the school, gave the nicest little speech about how much fun we had had working together. Made me laugh. And then get all teary, of course. Because its not a party until I cry.
And then he gave me the most perfect going away present. On behalf of the school, he gave me a Pandora charm bracelet. I knew several co-workers who had these bracelets and I had always wanted to start one. And what a perfect occasion to begin such a great keepsake.
And my two bestestes co-worker buddies, Patty and Tara, helped the Dean picked out my first three charms, all of which represented my time at Yale.
First was a cupcake. Because I might as well have had an office outside the cupcake truck that roams the Yale campus.
There was also a fat, little boy charm because I had Bean while I worked at the school. He became the office mascot before he was even born. The women in our office cooed over me during my pregnancy and rubbed my belly every chance they had. And when Bean was born, they wanted to know everything about him, every time I came over to their building. No detail was too small for them. And I can’t tell you how much that meant to me because I was so far away from my family, who would have been asking the same questions had they been there. It was such a warm feeling to have people to share that special time with.
And the last charm I opened was the music note. And this one made me tear up all over again. I worked at the Yale School of Music. And before I started there, I probably couldn’t tell you the first thing about a music note. After three years, I still can’t tell you the first thing about a music note. But I have such wonderful memories of my time there. And every time that little charm tinks against something, I am reminded of those memories and I always, always stop and smile.
This afternoon, I was working on the computer and my little music note was just a tinkin’ away against the keyboard and it made me pause, as always, and smile at the thought of old friends. And it also made me drift on over to the Pandora website and start picking out charms I might want in the future…you know…in case Bean needs a gift to give me or somethin’.
The first thing I need are little bumper thingys. See how in the middle of the bracelet there are these little tiny things?
These are to keep your charms from sliding all around your bracelet. The charms have to actually spin around these in order to pass them, which sounds hard but is actually pretty easy for them to do. So, my charms slide all over right now. Which is really nervewracking because just yesterday my music note charm slid right off when I took off my bracelet.
To keep that from happening, Pandora has these charms that clip on these bumpers and keep your charms from ever sliding off your bracelet, all while looking so cute! They look like charms, but they are actually serving a purpose.
You can also get charms that are made of Murano glass beads, if you wanted to add a little color. I think I’d like to keep mine all silver, but I have friends who have these glass beads on theirs, too, and they are really cute.
Or, you could go with the wooden bead charms. I haven’t actually seen these before, but the wood is really pretty and they have several different types of wood online.
But I still think I’d like to keep mine completely silver. Makes it a little more versatile, I think. I found this charm to remind me of the time I moved to Florida and snakes began violently attacking my house, dogs, husband, and child.
(Have you caught on yet that I’m a bit dramatic in times of great trauma?)
And then I found this adorable baby stroller charm for whenever Chris decides to let me do as God commands and GO FORTH AND BE FRUITFUL, darn it.
Or there is this lovely little wedding bell for when Chris leaves me because I want 12 more babies and I have to remarry.
Or what about this cute little football charm because I have an unhealthy and unnatural obsession with college football.
And then there is this soccer ball charm for when I finally get to be the soccer mom I’ve always wanted to be. Minus the homemade t-shirts with Bean’s name on them.
And then there’s this charm for when I finally get to go to my Best Friend, the Pioneer Woman’s, ranch.
See? There is literally a charm for every occasion.
So, why am I telling you all about this right now? Because Mother’s Day is around the corner and if you’re looking for a thoughtful, personal gift that will keep on giving, this is just the present for the mom in your life. Just keep that in mind as you are shopping around…
Moms specifically love those bumper charms, Chris and Bean. Really, really love those bumper charms. Two of those bumper charms would make most moms – and especially THIS mom – really happy… You know… In case you were wondering…
This post is not in any way sponsored by Pandora. I just like my bracelet. A lot.