Life is tough. There is no denying that. And this past weekend a family that is near and dear to my heart lost a loved one. As you may recall from previous posts, I mentioned a woman and how I managed to get some of her antique jewelry. I call it "The Mary Lasorda Collection," and even though it was valuable before, it holds much more sentimental value to me now. I didn't know Mary all that well, but I know her two daughters Anna May and Lil very well. Both women are phenomenal and have taught me so much over the years. But for those of you that know me, you know that I worked for Anna May for quite some time. She is like my second mother. Full of so much knowledge and advice, and I know that much of what she shared with me she learned from her parents. Knowing both Anna May and Lil, I know that I've become a better person. And for that reason, I know that without them, and without Mary, I would not be who I am today. So, a tribute to these three spectacular women. Thank you for all that you've done for me, and all that you have (knowingly and unknowingly) taught me over many years. This is for you, ML! Thank you for the beautiful jewels, and know that I will treat them well, forever.
I decided to share this necklace with you, as it is my favorite piece from the ML Collection. I stumbled upon this jewel one Saturday while I was working at DT. Bins and bins of jewelry had just been brought in, as AM and L were trying to clean out Mary's house. There we were: AM, B, and I, searching through all of her jewels. As we were pulling out jewelry, AM began sharing stories about the jewels, her mother, and much more. It was a great day, and even better that I was now able to give new life to my one-of-a-kind finds from ML. I'll be wearing my ML Collection jewelry for years and years to come, and you can bet that I'll be passing it down to my children someday.
You'll be deeply missed, ML.