The clouds of yesterday part to the sun of today.
I came across a gold necklace that someone gave me for Christmas thirty three years ago. I used to wear it all the time. I thought I would always wear it. It is thin and nicely molded and thought it would never go out of fashion. But over time, it seemed to not be "me" anymore and I stopped wearing it. That might also be because I haven't seen or heard from the person who gave it to me in at least seventeen years. It was realtionship that was, I thought, like a familial one...but even family ties can be broken.
I put it on today and wore it to church. I didn't think much about it and when I came home, when I changed my shirt, I took it off and laid it on the shelf near where I had found it. It is reimder of a time long ago and a relationship that did not survive all the changed and growth spurts that are called living or life.
It is a sourvenir of who I was back then. I take it out every now and then and remember. I think about the person to who gave it to me, and I feel a twinge of sadness, but no regrets now. Some relationships last forever and are made of gold. Some appear golden, but are just fool's gold.