The “Gee-Gaw” Lady

When I lived in Texas, I used to go to church on Sundays. It was a nice group of people, and after a time I joined the choir, which was a lot of fun. When it was close to Christmas, we of course sung the usual Christmas carols as well as songs from our hymn books.

While standing and singing, it was fun to see everyone in their seats, especially those who dressed up for the Christmas season. There was always one lady whom I called the “Gee-Gaw” Lady because she always wore lots and lots of jewelry. She quite literally sparkled all during the Christmas season. I always wondered why she put on so many necklaces, bracelets, rings and Christmas-y pins.

Funnily enough, these days I too wear a lot of jewelry. Not because I want to show off, but because I enjoy wearing earrings, bracelets, rings and sometimes necklaces. I always think of the “Gee-Gaw” Lady fondly when I do. Now that I am the age that she was, I realize that it doesn’t matter if you wear loads of jewelry or flamboyant clothing or whatever. It’s all about what you personally like. And as for me, I do love lots of jewelry.

I wonder if the “Gee-Gaw” Lady is still alive and sparkling. I wish I had told her how much she influenced me. I also now understand her; I’m sure that she didn’t give a hoot what other people saw, especially all that jewelry. I feel the same way; these days I don’t feel dressed unless I’m wearing several rings, four or more bracelets on each arm, a necklace and a pair of flashy earrings.

Some time I think that God puts special people in our lives, how ever briefly. When putting on all my jewelry, I think about the Gee-Gaw lady and thank her. I hope that she hears me and smiles. Most of all, I hope she is still sparkling!

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