Connie and Pearls

Just a quick thought to share. The other night at our New Horizons Book Club meeting at Connie’s house, she and I somehow got on the subject of pearls and their lustrous beauty. The gist of our conversation is basically that we enjoy wearing and looking at pearls of all kinds, shapes, and colors because of what they symbolize to us.

Not mined like diamonds or other valuable gems, a pearl is produced out of “irritation.” Somehow a tiny particle of sand  gets into an oyster, and to protect itself, the oyster secretes a substance similar to mucus. This substance builds up about the sand and hardens into a beautiful pearl.  With us, our irritants (hassles, stressors, lack of resources including time, frustrations, the “peeps” in our lives, etc.) have the ability to make us lovely…something worth remembering the next time someone or something gets on our absolute last nerve!

By the way, we (Connie and I) even like fake pearls because of what they symbolize. Although I’m fortunate enough to have a strand of the “genuine article,” I LOVE a long strand that I got from Target because of its versatility and length. Wearing it reminds me that lots of irritations (many pearls) develop versatility, flexibility, and strength.


Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

4 thoughts on “Connie and Pearls”

  1. Another good reminder since I seem to stay in a state of irritation lately. Maybe a beautiful “pearl” is developing!

  2. 🙂 I LIKE that idea, Connie!
    I will think of this every time I wear mine and you can bet I will be wearing them more often! You are such a blessing to me, marlajayne!!
    (In case you didn’t notice, I hanged “wordforit” to Odale…named after my great-uncle O’dell 😉

  3. Ah, that explains the name change. I like it. I’m all about honoring one’s family and heritage.

    Connie always has lots of good ideas. Now when the three of us wear our pearls we’ll all be more inclined to think about their significance…and about how our stressors and hassles are making us even more valuable and “beautiful.”

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