To Each Her Own!
We all have little things that make us who we are. Some are big things like the fact that I live a life with horses on our family farm. That I fostered over 60 coonhounds and now I have my little mini mutt, Ziva that I’m obsessed with.
When you meet me it will not take you long to figure out what my “thing” is. Besides horses of course.
It All Began From A Problem
When I was in elementary school, being the string bean body type I’m, it was hard to find clothes to fit right. If a shirt fit my body properly and wasn’t huge like a sack. That would mean the sleeves would be way too short.
As a kid, I never could understand why they didn’t make clothes that fit me. I hated clothes shopping, it was so frustrating to see things I liked but had to settle for them not fitting quite right.
It was something I whined about a lot, and my grandparents and parents knew that it was something that I was super self-conscious about when I was little.
If you knew my Gramm, you would know that she would do anything for my brother and I, for anyone really. That is just the kind of person she was. She volunteered for many organizations and had a very strong faith in God( that she introduced me to from a young age).
It might sound like I’m exaggerating or bragging about how wonderful she was. It isn’t an exaggeration at all. At her funeral, many people stood up and said kind things about her. Then the pastor said something that I will never forget. He said, ” All of us should aspire to be as good a person as Katherine Hyde was”. That was a strong statement he made, I won’t ever forget it.
She Figured Out How To Solve My Problem! Not To Mention In A Fun And Easy Way!
I don’t remember how she got the idea. She may not have ever told me or I just forgot. One day she gave me three beaded bracelets, they were multi-colored and the kind that is on an elastic string.
She told me that if I wore bracelets, it would take up the space that my sleeves don’t cover. It would make it less noticeable that my sleeves weren’t long enough.
Not to mention, she was excited about how I could start a bracelet collection. I could get all different kinds of bracelets. From different places I went and from different people.
I’m not sure that when she made the suggestion that she realized that I would take it to the extreme that I did ( and still do to this day).
Never Enough Bracelets
In my opinion, it is not possible to wear too many bracelets. I wear bracelets on both arms, every day. Lots of them. Most of them I leave on all the time. Even in the shower. The only ones that come off in the shower or to go swimming are the leather ones.
I have beaded bracelets and leather bracelets. Bracelets that people have bought for me and bracelets that kids have made for me. I have tons and tons of them. They are all special to me. All the bracelets I have on mean something to me. All of them have been given to me by different people. Family members, friends, my riding students. I will even buy them for myself if I see one that is really special. It is not only “my thing” but it holds a special significance and many memories for me.
One Of Many Gifts From My Gramm
I’m not talking about the bracelets themselves. What I mean is that I remember that my Gramm understood my insecurities and she found an easy and fun way to help me deal with them.
Trust me, it is much easier to answer people who say “how come you wear all those bracelets?” than it is to answer ” why are your sleeves so short?”, or “doesn’t it drive you crazy that your sleeves are too short?”.
She was able to help me overcome my insecurities and to do it in a way that was fun and unique. When people ask me about the bracelets, I tell them proudly why I started wearing them and why I still do.
Turned Something Negative Into A Positive
I have always struggled and have to consciously work hard to be a positive thinker. Thinking positive is much more work than whining and being negative. It is totally worth it though.
My Gramm did not let me get discouraged. She said I should be proud of the way God made me, not to compare myself to others and it is okay. Well, not just okay, it is actually good, to be unique and proud of your uniqueness.
So Now You Know What Is Up With All The Bracelets!
If you have met me and ever wondered what was up with that, well now you know! There is a reason behind all the bracelet madness! It is my thing because it helped me to be more confident and less self-conscious about my insecurities.
My Gramm was incredible. I think about her every time someone asks me about the bracelets. They usually say “oh what a great idea!” or “how did she think of that?”. She taught me a lot of things, some small and some bigger.
My Gramm and the bracelets taught me to embrace my unique qualities and be proud. It also taught me that if you just stay positive, and look for the silver lining in situations, you can come up with solutions to a lot of problems that you may not have thought you could fix.
Even now, all these years later. My bracelets give me confidence and remind me of how lucky I was to have such an incredible Gramm. She has been gone now for a while, we lost her to Alzheimer’s disease(which I think is the most terrible disease ever, that is another post for another day though). Not a day goes by though that I’m not reminded of her and all she did for me. I have my bracelets as a reminder.