A lovely complement as we are growing older are the young grandchildren in our lives. This past week I visited with my five-year old grandson. He was amassing friendship bracelets to give to his class on their preschool graduation day. He insisted I take one and wear it.
A friendship bracelet is a decorative bracelet, usually made of embroidery floss. It is given by one person to another as a symbol of friendship. Friendship bracelets date back to ancient Central America, and some can be traced all the way to China, circa 481-221 B.C. (www.novia.com).
A friendship bracelet is given from one friend to another as a symbol of lasting companionship, respect, and happiness in one’s relationship with the recipient. These bracelets are visible symbols of the human need for lasting relationships in our lives. If the recipient takes off the bracelet, it is a sign the relationship has ended. If the bracelet falls off naturally, the wearer is granted one wish.
As I was leaving to come home to the east coast, I asked my grandson if I should keep the bracelet. He looked at me quite sternly and remarked, “No. You need to keep wearing it to show we will always be friends.” I can only hope 🙂