• Jenny Lynn Keller

Something Old, Something New


I’d rather do almost anything outdoors than inside housework. But occasionally dreaded indoor cleaning turns up a gem, defined as something special I haven’t seen in a long time. A recent discovery flooded me with precious memories of the cherished person who gave me this locket when I was a young child and the many times I’ve worn it since, my wedding day to the Amazing Dave being the most special. “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe.” I bet you’ve heard this saying associated with brides. The Victorian-era rhyme originated in the English county Lancashire and referred to clothing a bride should wear on her wedding day for good luck. In that time, all the items related to fertility. Today’s meanings lean more toward optimism for the future—like happiness, love, fidelity, prosperity.


Another old saying also speaks to wearing something dear for future rewards. Referring to wisdom from God, Proverbs 3 says, “Do not forget my teachings, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.” On this Southern-Fried Friday and every day, I wish you peace.


What’s your favorite or most treasured piece of jewelry?

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