Thursday, September 17, 2009

Show & Tell # 2

I took a week off, but I am back this week.

I would like to share with you something that DH & I bought last summer. In southeast Ohio there is an outdoor drama called Tecumseh that runs during the summer. Last year, I suggested that we go since DH had never been. I am not sure how many times I have been total, but I remember being there at least one other time as a child. I love plays and DH loves history. I knew the night would be a success. And, that it was!

After eating at the buffet, DH and I took a stroll through the gift shop. We just couldn't resist. We came across a display of necklaces. Attached to each necklace was a description as to what each symbol on the necklaces meant.

Each of the necklaces has a black rope connecting them. But, each necklace has a varying color and symbol.

One necklace is golden and has a touch of glitter. It stands for fertility among other things. I don't have the original description anymore, but I found this online:

"Kokopelli. Probably the most popular & well known Indian symbol. Known as the seed bringer and water sprinkler. A common fertility symbol throughout the Southwest. His image is found many times in petrography art. He is a personage who is honored as a kachina by most Pueblo cultures. He is associated with fertility, the male principal, biology, and the significance of guarding seeds. Usually depicted as old, bent under his heavy load with his flute. He travels to many communities, impregnating young women who are mesmerised from the notes played on his flute. Related to the cricket or locust whose natural music is associated with the state of humidity and seasonal weather. Many bawdy stories of his various exploits have been told. As a kachina doll, he is made with a staff, not a flute and is carved as a hunchbacked. His likeness also featured exaggerated male sexual organs until the missionaries came in the 1930's, who frowned on this practice. Today he is considered the ambassador of the Southwest."

The other necklace is pink. It also stands for fertility among other things. This is what I found online:
"The Turtle. A water animal. Strength, feminine "power fetish" animal, fertility, long life & perseverance. Considered by many to be able to defy death, also an annoyance to the Coyote."

For months, DH & I both wore one of the necklaces. If we didn't have them on all day we would at least have them on at night. Then, we started getting out of the routine. During our IVF cycle, we both wore them to the ER and ET (of course I took mine off when I had to). I still often find myself rubbing or kissing mine when I go to bed or wake-up. I view it as a good luck charm.
In all reality though... how much luck has it given me? Is this silly? They give me hope.

What are others sharing this week?


Billy said... [Reply to comment]

They are beautiful and I love the stories behind them.
Luck or not, they give you hope, anfd that is what's important, so it's completley not silly!

Adventures in Baby Waiting said... [Reply to comment]

So great! Thanks for sharing!

Becoming Whole said... [Reply to comment]

I don't know how things like this "work", I just know that sometimes they seem to for some people. If they bring you comfort, I think you should keep on keepin' on, because comfort can be in short supply, can it not?

Many hugs, particularly over the news you received this past week (I was just reading about it and putting together your blog with what I had read on the LFCA). I hope that you are both able to find some comfort right now.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I really like both of those necklaces. They are really pretty. I hope they bring you fertility and get you get a bfp.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

The necklaces are beautiful! My DH and I wear matching necklaces too. It was the first Christmas gift I ever gave him. He wears it every day to remember our love. I hope they bring you luck in your quest for a BFP.

Have a great week.



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