Several years ago my sister-in-law received a beautiful, enameled St. Christopher's Medal as a gift. Her friend bought it at a small, main street jewelry store in the town where we grew up.
It's the kind of thing that people often stop to admire and/or inquire about. In fact, after she got it, I was one of its biggest admirers. (Perhaps "admire" isn't exactly the right word. "Covet" might actually be more accurate but, really, who's keeping track?)
Well, apparently my sister-in-law was because a few years later, on the eleventh anniversary of my 29th birthday, she presented me with one of my very own:
St. Christopher's Medal
It's large (about the size of a fifty-cent piece) and rather striking. But I don't just love it for its good looks. (I'm not that shallow.) What I love most about it is its significance.
St. Christopher was a Catholic Saint and, according to Wikipedia, "medallions with St. Christopher's name and image are commonly worn as pendants, especially by travelers, to show devotion and as a request for his blessing." In light of this, all of the women in our family--each of whom lived in a different state--eventually received one. The idea was that St. Christopher would watch over us as we traveled to see one another. Although I'm not actually Catholic, I love the sentiment, and try to wear it whenever I fly.
They come on various sizes and colors. My sister-in-law's is pictured below, along with a small one she received upon the birth of her daughter. Aren't they pretty?
Keep watching this space for "thing number four," coming soon!