Jack Shickadance lived all alone. Alone in a small council home, without even his Springer Spaniel Ronnie to keep him company, as he had passed away last autumn. Retired many years ago from his post as a night watchman at the local hospital, most of his days were spent reading mystery novels or talking a walk around the park, where the only company he had were the ducks at the pond which he liked to feed bread crumbs. Yes, Mr. Shickadance was a solitary man and would have felt completely abandoned if it wasn’t for the thoughts of his lost love. The only reminder of which was her charm bracelet.
The charm bracelet was a gift he gave her on their first anniversary decades ago. She wore it every day, and it jingled ever so lightly when she moved about the house. But Mr. Shickadance’s home had become as quite as an old church ever since his love fell ill. When she was moved to the hospital he worked at, he was able to be by her bedside constantly during her final weeks. On her last day he held her hand, and as she went gently into that good night he slipped the bracelet off her wrist and dropped it in his shirt pocket.
Now as he sat alone in his old dilapidated brown recliner, reminiscing over the times they shared together, he knew that his time was coming to an end. As he exhaled his final breath, he smiled and let go of his existence on earth. His hand fell gently open, and he heard the charm bracelet jingle one final time.
A moving story that shows just how valuable jewelery and especially charm bracelets can be to some people, above just being a simple fashion accessory. Very popular in the UK are Pandora bracelets, charms and beads that can be personalized which adds to their uniqueness.
Did you know?
The wearing of charms began as a form of amulet to ward off evil spirits or bad luck.