Why My Neighbor Wears Clip-On Earrings
Several afternoons a week, I see my neighbor Rimone at the local playground.
Rimone comes directly to the playground from her law firm, which means she dresses up more than us average JewishMOMs on slide and see-saw duty. But yesterday, when I was complimenting her on her beautiful outfit, I noticed something a bit out of place…
Underneath her sheitl, I noticed two clip-on earrings twinkling in the 2 PM sun. Maybe it’s just me, but I associate clip-ons more with dressed-up 5-year-old girls and frail great-grandmothers than with successful young lawyers like Rimone.
“Are those clip-ons?” I asked.
And seeing I was surprised, she told me the following story…
“When I was a young girl, I really wanted earrings. But after I got my ears pierced, for years I kept on getting infections. I tried creams… I tried everything! I loved earrings and how they look, and I so wanted to be able to wear them. But in the end, it didn’t work out….
“Before I got married to my husband, my mother remembered how much I had always wanted to wear earrings, and how disappointed I had been that I couldn’t wear earrings like all the other girls, and she had this pair of clip-ons specially made for me. And since then I’ve worn them every day.”
Which made me think…
How do we tell our children how much we love them?
With a hug.
With a kiss.
With a quiet “I love you” whispered in a little ear.
And, at least once, with a pair of clip-on earrings that one daughter wears every day and remembers how much her mother loved her then and now and always.