Yes, this seems like a small thing in this world, but to me this realization came at a time when I was searching for what I could do to bring some normalcy to my life. I was trying to decide if it was really worth putting makeup on when most of it was going to be covered up by my mask when it hit me. I hadn’t put on a pair of earrings in weeks. You see, wearing the same color of scrubs every day at work gets very old and most nurses find a way to individualize their look. For some its a special head band that brings them pleasure, for others its a bright pair of shoes. For me, it was my earrings. Deciding on which pair to wear was a part of my normal life, but with masks and goggles being the new work accessories wearing earrings has become impossible.
Now, you have to understand that the earrings I wear to work have to meet one specification. They can’t be expensive. For years inexpensive jewelry wasn’t an option for me. I have a bad allergy to some metals so that I have to stick to sterling silver or gold for my ear wires or studs. Fortunately, I discovered jewelry making a few years ago and now I can design my own earrings using metals that my skin doesn’t react to. Since I had never had a touch of artistic talent, I found this medium to be very rewarding. Not only do I get to design and play with pretty beads, but I also get to wear them too.
Staring in the mirror that morning I tried to remember the last jewelry project that I had finished. I couldn’t. It had been too long. Fortunately I had a stash of beading supplies so as soon as I had a spare minute I started a new project.
And while I won’t be able to wear the necklace to work, as soon as things get back to normal I will be wearing these new earrings. Until then, I’ll just have to settle on making more fun pairs to wear later. Because like books, you can never have too many pairs of earrings.