When I was a little girl of about 12 my sister, Missy, began taking me to SCA events. One that I particularly remember was at St. Mary of the Woods collage. Missy made me a skirt and loaned me her favorite headpiece. It was hand made by one of her friends. I remember looking so elegant in it (a rarity for me)! I loved to show it off as different gentlemen stopped me to ask who had made it. At the time, I was sure it was how exquisite I looked in it that attracted them. Little did I know they were just interested in the craftsmanship.
Well, years have passed. I now have daughters that same age. My nephew's 12th birthday party was a Renaissance theme. Missy set to work creating wonderful costumes for all of the children who attended! I almost cried when I saw my Rose in the very same headpiece that I had worn so many years ago. It was a little worn, the pearls didn't seam as shiny to me as they once had. But Rose didn't notice. She held her head high and giggled and flirted in the same way that I once did. It truly turned her into a princess.
At the end of the day, Missy pulled Rose aside and told her that she was giving her the head piece. Rose now has it in a special place in her room and says it is her favorite thing. I know that she will always treasure it. I'm sure it sounds a little silly to be so sentimental about something so simple, but watching my daughter that day, truly caused me to re-live one of my favorite childhood memories. That in itself, was a priceless gift!
Thank you Missy.