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Wear It on Your Sleeve

It was a Christmas gift over fifty years ago.  A pin representing a perfectly shaped fir tree with tiny jewels set in gold to represent the ornaments. I loved it then; I love it even more now.

Ollie, my stepfather who gifted me, had impeccable taste.  Quiet and unassuming, he gave me this pin for Christmas in 1962 when I was a sophomore in college. Those school years are long gone.  He is long gone.  The pin remains.

I wear it on the sleeve of my favorite winter coat. At the bottom, so I can admire it.  For a while I wore it in the traditional place on my coat’s collar.  It caught on wooly scarves.  It scratched my chin. I never got to look at it.

So a while back I moved the pin to the bottom of my left sleeve.  It’s been there ever since. I can’t tell you how many people see it and comment. I don’t explain; instead I simply say “Thank you.”  But it makes me think that is where pins belong.  Especially, as the old adage goes, if you’re wearing your heart on your sleeve.

Regarding Ollie, I am.

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One response to “Wear It on Your Sleeve”

  1. Carol Parks says:

    Sweet man!

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