I have a problem picking up random (read: ugly) jewelry. I’m not talking about a “you’ll regret that later” necklace at Target. I’m talking about “I can’t believe Grandma ever wore that and I can’t believe someone bought it at our garage sale because I figured we’d just throw it out” pieces.
Hi. I’m cool.
Anyway, I have this charm bracelet that is either amazing or completely terrifying. I think it’s from the 50s or 60s, and it has uniform charms with “Here, let me strip all the fun out of your teenage years” sayings engraved on them.
- Stop and think before you drink — then don’t. (OK, I get this one.)
- Don’t let your parents down. They brought you up. (Geez oh Pete. Like kids aren’t under enough pressure already.)
- Choose a date who would make a good mate. (I appreciate the rhyming, but do I have to be thinking about marriage at the junior prom?)
- At the first moment turn away from unclean thinking — at the first moment. (I find this one hysterical. AT THE FIRST MOMENT! AT THE FIRST MOMENT!)
- Don’t show off driving. If you want to race go to Indianapolis. (Was drag racing really a big issue with the teen girls who were wearing CHARM BRACELETS?)
So, my charm bracelet is a bit of a downer. And I’m a crotchety old biddy for being mildly annoyed by the lack of commas. Or I’m a hipster and wearing it ironically. Whatever.
But if you want a charm bracelet that’s awesome … I have a book for you. (See what I did there?)
I was very fortunate to get an advanced copy of this beauty. The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman is a lovely novel about mothers and daughters and secrets and small towns and pulling apart and coming together. I loved it.
Lolly is starting to forget things. When there’s a little accident and her daughter Arden is called back to the small town she left behind long ago … well, there are stories to be told and family issues to be straightened out. And when Arden’s daughter figures out that she has a grandmother she didn’t know about? Well, it’s on.
The author has an ear for dialogue and a wicked sense of humor. This is a heartwarming story about the sometimes perilous terrain of family relationships, and about bonds that last through it all. I might be making this sound a bit treacly, but it isn’t at all. It’s just a great story about family. And it’s funny. And it would make a great gift for Mothers Day. Just sayin’.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I give The Charm Bracelet 5 dog families that are working together.
What have you been reading lately?