I’m absolutely terrible about keeping secrets. The good kind of secrets, not the bad. Gifts I’m giving, surprises I’ve planned (which rarely end up being surprises); those kinds of secrets. It’s as if the lovely secrets are effervescent and bubbling up, trying to escape from inside me. I just want to let them out because I know they would make everyone smile, and then we could giggle and smile together, and the secret would be even better. When I do manage to hold on to secrets, everyone around me knows I have one because I’ve told them I have one, and I can’t stop giggling. They think it’s a lot of fun to take bets on how long I can stand the bubbling effervescence before I burst. Every once in a while I surprise them.
Since Thursday I’VE HAD THE BEST SECRET, blogosphere, and I’ve been wanting to tell you! Thursday! I’ve held it in since THURSDAY!
Last Thursday afternoon I received a frantic email from a man who was heading to Europe early this week with his girlfriend, and he had decided to propose while they were there. Could I make a diamond ring, fast, and ship it overnight?
One of the best parts of this job is knowing the joy people take in wearing my jewelry. I love it, and I can’t even explain how much. Something that came from my hands is making someone smile. Someday a little girl will dig through her mother’s jewelry box and find a ring I’ve made, put it on, feel like a princess, and wait eagerly to be given the ring when she’s older; someday parents will explain to their kids why Mom’s engagement ring is so special, and I feel so very lucky to be part of those moments. Jewelry is so personal, so symbolic of our ties to events and other people, and through my jewelry I’m going places and becoming a part of things I never would have, otherwise.
In the case of the rush-engagement ring, my little ring flew to Europe yesterday and sometime soon a lovely young woman will be surprised with it. She won’t be able to take her eyes off of it for weeks to come, because it symbolizes that someone holds her above all others and wants the honor of tying his life to hers. As I polished it I hoped the best hopes for that couple, and I’m so happy that my little ring has such a special purpose.
I’m bubbling inside because something huge is about to happen in a young woman’s life, she doesn’t even know it, but I DO! And that is very, very cool.