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Sherlock Holmes had his pipe. Dorothy had her red shoes. Batman had his Batmobile. If we asked your friends what object they most immediately associate with you, what would they answer?

I posed the question to my husband and our son; I would have asked our daughter, but she is off camping this weekend in the wilds of Otis, if Jack could talk, I would have asked him. My boys had different answers which was interesting; my husband said my handbag or my necklaces because I am rarely without them. My son had me laughing because he had a nice assortment of objects; my iPad, my little Creuset pot that I make my oatmeal with every Monday, Wednesday and Friday or my favorite vegetables, string beans. I was surprised that neither of them mentioned anything from the garden such as a trowel or a pruning scissor, especially since my garden tools do get a lot of use.

I found this was a revealing line of questioning; I am either associated with accessories, with cooking tools or with a writing tool. However, if I had posed the question to one of my closest friends; she would have echoed my husband’s answer, necklaces, because I remember her seeing a picture of me all made up and she said that the only way that she knew that it was me was because of my necklaces.

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I like all of the objects associated with me, which is why I always have them near and dear to me. I have had an illuminating object lesson, nothing outrageous or weird, just simple and practical objects. Well, maybe the necklaces aren’t practical, but they are dear and very valuable in terms of sentimentality, so I can allow myself that because there is no price on sentiment.