Here’s a shot of the wonderful ring that my mom passed along to me on my 25th, which is made from an old spoon.  She wore it all through her twenties, and I can just see it on her hand while she played the guitar with her super straight, long hippy hair.  In my family, we call a gift like this a breast feather.  Mother birds often line nests with feathers pulled from their own chest in an effort to keep their babies safe and warm, so to give a breast feather is to give something that you hold close to your heart, and to do so lovingly and selflessly.

2 thoughts on “hand-me-down

  1. What a moving story! I myself have a 25 years old daughter but even if I have given her lots of presents I hadn’t thought of giving her something so personal. Well, I think I am still on time.

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