By Aubree Bailey
On January 18, 2018

Aubree Bailey
Managing Editor

When I was thirteen my parents hosted a Blessing Party for me, which is similar to a Bat Mitzvah.

It included a time of worship, and then my parents prayed over me and gave me their blessing as I entered young adulthood.

It was an event I hold dear in my memory.

Perhaps my favorite part of the party wasn’t the actual event, but what I took away from it.

Knowing I had my parents behind me for whatever life would bring brought me peace throughout my teenage years.

During the ceremony, they presented me with a ring we had picked out; it was appropriately called my blessing ring.

The jewelry was to symbolize my parent’s love and support for me, and it had spiritual symbolism as well.

The ring was silver and had a freshwater pearl set in the middle, with two scroll-like pieces of silver on the sides of it.

I cherished that ring and wore it every day, up until a few months ago when the pearl broke off and became lost.

I searched my room, my car, and my office, trying to contain tears, but I could not recover the pearl.

It seems so materialistic to be devastated by this, but this ring connected me to my parents in a unique way.

I was reminded each time I looked at it that no matter what, they considered me their daughter.

I’m very fortunate to have a strong bond with both my mother and father, but like most people, my late teens did contain some rocky months.

Throughout those difficult times, my ring kept reminding me of my parents’ love for me and my love for them.

However, during the months I couldn’t wear my ring due to it being broken, I realized I didn’t need a tangible reminder of my parents’ love because they show me in so many other ways.

I’m fortunate enough to have parents that support my academic career, as well as my hobbies such as teaching dance and participating in art events.

They come to every recital, read every edition of the Ram Page, and encourage me to pursue what I’m passionate about every day.

I did end up getting a new ring, and I cherish it just as much as the first one. However, I don’t need it to assure me of my parents’ love for me-they make sure I know.

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