It finally happened. After wearing if for a third of my lifetime, my lovely bangle broke.I’m now left with the broken pieces and a quickly fading tan line. Dad bought mom and I these jade bangles back in August of 2004. When she was in her twenties, Mom had worked with a lady who always wore a jade bangle and when mom asked her about it she said something like, ‘My father bought this for me when I was young to remind me of his unfailing love for me and I never have taken it off.’
This translated to my mom wanting a bangle. So in 2004, we received ours.
It took me a good ten minutes to get mine on. I tried butter, lotion, contorting my wrist in all sorts of fashions and only when I had finally given up and just kind of rammed it on my hand did it pop over that bone.
After that there was no way it was coming off even if I had wanted it to, although several kids at school always had to try. The question that always came was, ‘But what are you going to do when you get married?’
Well, wear it, of course.
And I did.
But here’s a few memories with the bangle first.It faithfully saw me through the courting days with Wesley.
And the engagement days.It clashed beautifully with bridesmaids dresses but the brides never fussed.Even though I had cracked it playing a rigorous game of baseball in 2007 it survived to see me to my wedding day.And for nearly 3 years after that lovely day.
I really do miss it. You know how people who lose limbs have phantom pain? Well, my bangle used to dig into this one part of my arm and I’d always just sling my right hand down my left arm to loosen the bangle.
I keep doing that. Because I keep having that phantom pain in my left arm from a non existent bangle digging into my arm.
It’s kind of sad.
Bangle, you will be missed. Family, remember that time we played password and the word was jade and after going through the ringer dad finally just stared at my arm and said ‘bracelet!’ and we still never got it. It’s because you didn’t say bangle dad.
RIP bangle. Perhaps I’ll find a way to glue you back together.
August 24, 2004 to July 17, 2011.