Synchronicity, an Earring, and a Jar of Honey

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During my last trip to Colombia to visit family, I lost an earring in the middle of Bogotá. It was one of a pair that John, my husband, had given me on my fiftieth birthday. I felt great sadness and a sense of loss that one of my treasures was now absent from my life.
 
The day that earring vanished, my mother and I ate lunch together at a small restaurant where I took a picture of the two of us. Both earrings are clearly visible in the photo, dangling from my ears, and it was only later that afternoon when I noticed one earring was gone.
 
 I think the earring became entangled in my scarf and fell to the street somewhere between the restaurant and a grocery store we had walked to in order to buy a brand of Colombian honey John is especially fond of.
 
When I returned home to Vermont I gave John two of the three bottles I’d purchased as a present, and the third bottle I hid away with the thought of giving it to him a couple months later, on our thirtieth wedding anniversary.
 
When that day finally arrived, I placed the bottle of honey in a box, made a card illustrated with a watercolor of our house, and chose a bright yellow paper to wrap the gift.
 
Coincidentally, John used the same yellow paper to wrap the gift he had for me: a replacement earring and identical replica of the earring I had lost on the streets of Bogotá the previous March, on the same day I bought the honey for him!
To celebrate our anniversary this month, John and I are doing something special each day.
It might be as simple and spontaneous as lighting a candle on our dinner table, but it’s always with the intention of expressing gratitude for each other.
I made a grid with thirty squares in my sketchbook and I have been filling it with quick icons representing what are doing each day*. Of course, I added an icon to illustrate the story of the earrings and the honey.
 
*Update: Here you can see all pictures of the icons I painted for our month-long anniversary art project.
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  • Maria Beltran June 21, 2017, 7:50 am

    Que hermoso y romántico ,estos actos de sincronicisad son loa que hacen las almas gemelas todo un hermoso mes de celebración leyla admiro mucho tus acuarelas.
    Que Dios siga bendiciendo ese amor tan bonito

    • leylatorres June 21, 2017, 10:11 am

      Muchas gracias, Maria, por tus lindas palabras. Bienvenida a este blog1

  • Rosemary Browne June 28, 2017, 2:52 pm

    Lovely story, Leyla … I have similar stories! Maybe one fine day I will get to share them with you, my friend. xox

    • leylatorres June 28, 2017, 6:10 pm

      Thank you, Rosemary. Yes, I am sure that one day we will get to share these stories together.

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