Monday, October 02, 2006

A Tale of Two Turtles

Years ago when I was a Freshmen in college, I admired an upperclassmen's necklace. It was a turtle. I had to have one just like it. It was a beautiful green stone cut into the shape of a turtle, hanging from a leather cord. I asked her where she'd gotten it, and was told the Discovery Place store in a nearby mall. Not too much longer later, I had one of my own. I wore it around my neck for the next 6 or 7 years - only removing it for special occasions that required a bit "classier" jewelry. Through several years of summer camp, a summer of painting houses (where it acquired several new colors), through graduate school and beyond, I wore this turtle. It was a part of me. 4 years ago, one of my best friends from college got married. I traveled back to NY to be with her on her special day. I even got to go with her to have her hair done at a salon that morning. They were able to fit me in and do my hair as well. It just so happens that they had a pair of earrings and a matching necklace that matched my dress perfectly. Being such a special day, I figured it warranted a change of jewelry. So I took off the turtle and I set it down to put on my newly acquired bobbles. I never saw that turtle again. I'd forgotten it at the salon. I called them and asked if they still had it. They did. I begged them to please mail it to me, it was my favorite necklace! With reluctance, they did. When the envelope arrived I was so excited. Until I saw the hole in the corner of the envelope. I called the USPS and managed to get through to their lost and found department. No luck. I was heartbroken. Last Wednesday my heart was mended. (I'm crying as I write this, I don't think she realized just how much this really did mean to me) My friend May brought me a present. HPIM2764 The turtle came back to me.

19 comments:

Bobbi said...

What a great friend you have! It's it wonderful when things like that happen? Love the necklace (maybe because I have one just like it, I swear, only my turtle is all green).

aija said...

That is so sweet! I'm glad you have a new turtle there at your neck, and such a great friend and story to share.

Rain said...

I'm so glad you've got another one.

I lost a piece of jewellery my brother bought for me and I was devastated.

It's lovely BTW.

Bezzie said...

Wait? Is that the same one? Does May work for the PO? The reason I ask is because you describe the original one as a green stone turtle, but it acquired some colors throughtout your summer painting and the new (?) one is colored.

But regardless of the semantics--great story. You've got your turtle back!!!!!

LaBean said...

Wow.. I don't know if this is a case of It's a Small World, or what goes around comes back around... Either way, that's wonderful!!! Everyone wants to be that lucky!

Trillian42 said...

That's so sweet! And your new turtle buddy is very cute!

cpurl17 said...

I love your story! Isn't it amazing how good friends just 'know'?

(One of my fav coffee mugs has a turtle on it and everytime I use it, I think of you!)

KnitMongrel said...

Ah, the universe tends to unfold as it should. Glad you've got your friend back. :)

KNIT A NEW DREAM said...

What a great ending to an unhappy story. My grandfather made my mom, sister, and I necklaces with rose quartz hearts. They were stolen from our house and I have been searching for some since I was 14. I found the exact same necklaces at an antique shop this summer - Sue

Avrienne said...

I guess there's hope for my lost necklace yet...it was my grandmother's, a little butterfly with wings made of opal, and I lost it my freshman year of high school, at school. I searched everywhere I could think of for weeks, never found it. I've never seen anything like it, either.

But it's never too late! I'm glad you yours.

Karen said...

You have a wonderful friend. That's an amazing gift.

Roxy said...

Fantastic! The karma that gets transferred in the universe :)....

I'm so glad you have been reunited with your turtle - what a great friend. (both May & the turtle LOL)

PS-- Please put your turtles-on-a-log banner up again! It always make me smile!

*mwah*

Anne

Sssarahevt said...

What a relief...and your green and red turtle is perfect!!! Karma did come back to you...

Batty said...

Karma rocks.

And that's a very pretty turtle.

Zonda said...

Wow, that is awesome! :)

CanalGal said...

IS it the same one???

turtlegirl76 said...

Ha! No. Just one that looks exactly like the original.

May said...

Aw shucks, it were co-inky-denk, but a v. v. good co-inky-denk. I'm just really glad and honored to have been able to bring a little turtle of sunshine back to you! :)

OldLadyPenPal said...

That's such a sweet story! It could not have happened to a sweeter person! Gack, that sounds all corny and gross. Hooray for turtles!