M is for Misanthrope is the place to go to see everyone who is posting Talismans today. The Sub-Title for her blog is:
The more people I meet, the more I like my pets. This is the question she posed to us on this, another Mon Funday:
Do you have a piece of jewelry or other item that holds great personal significance for you, and that you wear or keep with you every day? Show us a photo of your talisman, and tell us why it is so important to you.
Well, the first thing I did before jumping into this assignment with all four feet was to look up Misanthrope and Talisman in my handy-dandy dictionary because neither of those words are in my "working vocabulary."
My dictionary says this about misanthrope: one who hates or distrusts all people. Yikes. Let's be sure to tip-toe around our hostess today.
The first thing I learned about talisman is that the plural for it is not talisMEN. It is talisMANS. And that the definition is 1) a ring, stone, etc. bearing engraved figures supposed to bring good luck, avert evil. 2) anything supposed to have a magic power; a charm.
There was no doubt in my mind what piece of jewelry held significant meaning for me.
This is my mother's college ring from Southeastern State College, Durant, Oklahoma, as it was know then, engraved with the Greek letters:
Kappa Delta Pi which is an international honor society in education.
The other part of our Mon Funday assignment is to tell why it's important to us...
This ring represents many things to me. First, it was not an easy task for her to attend college because of the cost. She was determined to be a school teacher, and nothing would stand in her way of earning that degree. Not even the fact that the college was located 60 miles from where she lived. Sixty miles was a long distance back then. Part of the time she lived in an upstairs apartment above Thompson's Book Store in Durant where I later worked to put myself through college to also gain a degree in education.
Not only does it represent determination, it represents hard work. She graduated with honors as indicated by her induction into Kappa Delta Pi.
It represents a tradition that I carried on... and my daughters carried on... by graduating from college with honors. My oldest graduated from Oklahoma University and my youngest from Oklahoma State University, denoted by "The House Divided" icon on my right side bar. That hunger for learning drove us on to graduate school, and when my youngest receives her Master's Degree in less than eighteen months, we will be batting a thousand in that field.
Ultimately, the ring represents that "Knowledge is Power." Others may take many things from you, but no one can take away your education.
I'm not sure of the occasion for this photo, but my mom is on the left and her BFF is on the right. Mom would have been 82 this past April 1. That's Jimmie on the right who was also a school teacher. They were both my mentors. Mom was a 24/7 mentor. Jimmie was my student teacher at Brantly Elementary in 1972. Jimmie is doing well these days. In fact, I spoke with her today. This Mon Funday post assignment motivated me to call and check on her. She is still just a elegant as ever.
Thank you Miss Misanthrope for helping reunite me with a dear, dear friend.