The old cliche “every picture tells a story” is so very true! While browsing Facebook tonight, I stumbled across this picture, and I was immediately transported back to my pre-teen self, sneaking a peak through my mom’s jewelry cream-coloured box.
This simple small box was a treasure trove for us. My twin sister and I would often search through the contents to find just the right accessory to compliment our dress-up outfit for some silly little skit or project we were playing. I can’t quite find the right word to describe how I felt when I went searching through that magic box. The costume jewellery seemed so grown-up to us, so unreachable, so ethereal, so magical. It was like I was touching something untouchable, even though we had mom’s permission to play with her stuff. She had a fake tiara, some pearls, some multi-strands fake gemstone necklaces, and so much more. I don’t think any of it was very expensive or she would never have let her pack of daughters drag it all over the house – and sometimes the expansive and wild farmyard. But to me and my sisters they were priceless. I can still see us dressing up in her old cream-coloured wedding dress, her clear plastic high-heeled glamorous sandals, and her tiara. The jewelry box was an essential adjunct to her old wooden trunk – it’s rounded lid providing entry to an endless supply of costumes used to feed our dreams.
I still have that same feeling when I go into my mom’s bedroom and see that worn-out box sitting right int he middle of her dresser. It’s a flash to my 8 year old-self, when mom was someone like an unknowable super woman. Someone grown-up, a little distant, but always present. Adults to me were not meant to be known as friends. They were the grown-ups, the ones we were close to, but yet somehow removed. Mom’s jewelry box seemed like an tentative entry into that foreign world.