Twenty-nine years ago today my husband and I got together. If you want to read about it, you can here and here in previous posts. I was only sixteen at the time and he was almost eighteen. Even though many people in our church heard the story about how we got together, my husband thought it would be a cool idea for us to tell it together before his sermon. It was fun and I love making people laugh.
Growing up in Brooklyn there was a traditional gift that was given to show you were going steady – the ankle bracelet. It usually had two hearts and two leaves with your name and your boyfriend’s name on it. If you had a good boyfriend the double heart had a little diamond chip in it. As you can see in the picture above mine had five diamond chips. He saved a long time to pay for it. One more piece of trivia about the ankle bracelet - you didn’t wear this around your ankle. You added another chain to it and wore it around your neck so that everyone could see it. I found that outside of Brooklyn no one did this. If you ever did, let me know but I’m thinking it’s a Brooklyn thing.
Thank you, honey, for loving me for the past twenty-nine years and always remember I’ll remain forever yours, Nadine.
© Nadine Z. 2007
UPDATE: For those of you who have found this post and are interested in getting an ankle bracelet like the one pictured above, I've not found any links that sell them. What I suggest is you can give the picture to a local jeweler and see if they can come up with something for you.