Did you lose an earring in the Southern California area? Because if you did, there’s a good chance I found it.
I must have been a bird in a previous life because I’m wildly attracted to shiny objects I find on the street. Mostly, it’s coins. I have a tall glass vase that is about two-thirds full of change I pick up while walking Sunny, the pooch. But, my jewelry collection has been growing, and it includes lots of earrings.
I don’t know why I collect them. It’s not like I’m going to wear them. For one thing, well, there’s just one. Also, while I’m not exactly cleanliness personified, I’m not super thrilled about wearing found earrings. But mostly, I’m a pretty unaccessoried person Although, that wasn’t always the case.
I was over-the-moon excited to get my ears pierced at 16, so I could abandon the clip-back “pierced look” earrings I’d been wearing since junior high. Getting my ears pierced was a big thing. I’m a needle-phobe. I fainted after the procedure, but it was worth it. I had pierced ears! I bought dozens of dime store earrings and coordinated them with my school clothes.
A few years later, I added a second ear piercing, but just on one side. And surprise, surprise, I did it myself. A friend mentioned she’d pierced her own ears with ice, a needle, and thread. It sounded easy. So around 1AM–no, there was no alcohol involved–voila, pierced ear. I wanted the uneven number because it was novel at the time and was always looking for ways to live in my own creative space.
Despite my bravery, as the years went by, I wore earrings less and less. I still buy jewelry; I just don’t wear jewelry. When my mom passed, I inherited her collection. I pull them out every once in a while and admire the sparkle and shine. But then, it’s back into plastic bags and boxes and I’m on my way.
When I do notice my ears, it’s more to worry about my Frank’s sign/Frank’s crease than my unadorned lobes.
But my shiny object obsession continues. I can’t bear to leave them on the street or sidewalk or in the parking lot. Sometimes I think I’ll fashion them into Christmas decorations, or some such, but then I realize my craftiness doesn’t extend past the occasional dollhouse. These gals have a couple of ideas about what to do with single earrings, but they’re mostly limited to the studded variety. I don’t find a lot of those.
Now, I’m thinking about placing a few pieces on my patio furniture to attract the local crows who fly over and occasionally stop by my urn fountain. They share my enthusiasm for shiny objects and wouldn’t mind if an earring was missing its mate.