This week I want you to tell me who this woman is by what is in her “Junk Drawer.” Imagine that she went rifling through that drawer in a last ditch panic looking for her misplaced keys the morning this picture was taken, and she, instead, found something she had forgotten about. What was it that she found that is making her smile like that and changed her mood 180 degrees? (I assume I don’t have to say this, but, “and why”)
In her hurry to find her lost keys, Lili rediscovered her charm bracelet, a token of her relationship with her grandmother. Each of the many silvery charms represented a special time or place they had been together. Some weren’t especially happy times, but most were wonderful times of exploration and fun. The charm that caught her eye prompted her to recall her happiest memory with her grandmother and family.
It was a carousel horse, a proud, prancing horse in mid-step. For summer vacation Lili’s family picked up her grandmother and went off on an adventure on the eastern shore. They rented a beach house and spent much of the time on the beach soaking up the sun, playing in the surf and collecting iridescent sea shells to take home. One afternoon, Lili and her grandmother took a walk into town where there was a small community park. The main attraction was the classic carousel with its beautifully preserved menagarie, shining poles for the mounts and mirrors all around the top. The two spent a long time getting dizzy by riding almost every animal.
To rest, her grandmother bought her a funnel cake and they sat on a bench looking across the park at the gazebo and watched the other children enjoying themselves. Before long, it became nearly time to go back but Lili begged for one last ride on the carousel. She picked her favorite charger, a golden brown bay with a jeweled saddle and rode up and down until the sunny strains of the carousel music stopped.
On their way back to the house, Lili’s grandmother gave her the charm bracelet and her first charm—the carousel horse. And that was the beginning of a beautiful chain of memories.
Lili decided to put on the bracelet, and as she was fastening it, she noticed in the mirror that her keys were hiding behind the cup she kept her pens and pencils in by the telephone. Today was going to be a good day after all.