My daughter surprised me recently at her wedding. While getting dressed, she came over and showed me what jewelry she was wearing. She had chosen to wear my Great-Grandmother’s cameo and a beautiful cameo ring that had belonged to my mother. Not surprisingly I became tearful, realizing the significance of my daughter including such important mementos of our past into a day that was all about celebrating her future.
My mother passed away a few years ago, and although I miss her terribly, I know how happy Mom would have been to be there, watching her beautiful redhead granddaughter getting married. As I looked at Mom’s cameo ring on Rachael's finger, I remember when Mom bought it, and I remember her telling me that she would like Rachael to have it some day. I thought about how happy Mom would be to see Rachael looking so beautiful, and wearing that ring. It was such a lovely wedding, and my daughter glowed with happiness, as any bride should. I know that Mom was there with us.
As I thought about that cameo, I thought about my great-grandmother who brought it with her from Europe when she was a young girl. The cameo has such a special history; how it had been passed down from my great-grandmother to my grandma then to my mother and then to me, eventually it found its way to Rachael.