Words from my heart
Last Christmas, Jaime gave me a beautiful snowflake necklace. I’m sad to admit that I was not a grateful receiver. The truth . . . I’m not big on jewelry. But Jaime is, specifically silver jewelry. One reason he likes silver so much is because it’s a precious metal that comes from his ancestors, the Aztecs. They were silver mining pioneers and Mexico is one of the world’s largest silver producers.
I think it’s safe to say that silver is in Jaime’s blood. Evidence can be found in the jewelry chest we share. His ring drawer holds souvenirs from soccer trips to Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, and Peru. My drawers contain a few gifts from these countries, and I must say, Jaime has great taste in jewelry.
So, during last year’s holiday season, I wore my snowflake necklace often. It added sparkle to my outfits, and unexpectedly, my Christmas spirit. I had it on the day I picked up my oldest sister, Joyce, from the Amtrak station (she was visiting from Oregon). Joyce noticed my necklace and referred to the fact that each snowflake is unique. I had heard that before—that no two snowflakes are alike. But she got me thinking, pondering, wondering. What did I really know about snowflakes? Maybe learning about them would help me appreciate Jaime’s gift a little more.
My sleuthing led me to Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley. In 1885, he became the first person to photograph a snowflake. He later said, “Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated.”
I can only imagine the thrill Mr. Bentley felt as he gazed through his lens, viewing one miracle after another. And I have to believe that my necklace is connected in a divine way to the work of “Snowflake” Bentley, a man who recognized these miracles of beauty and shared them with the world—over 5,000 images of snow crystals, no two alike.
This Christmas, I pray . . .
And I pray that my heart will be open to each gift, each masterpiece, each miracle.
I love my snowflake necklace.