For book club this month, we read The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis. It’s about 13 women who buy a rilly rilly expensive diamond necklace (it’s worth, like, 30k) and share it.
Honestly, it’s not my kind of book. I’m not into fine jewelery, so the premise really didn’t interest me. However, I found the story interesting (though the actual writing was not good). These women- some in the group are strangers in the beginning- come together and create a community around the ownership of the necklace.
They also use it for all sorts of community good: fundraisers and such, and the question of materialism is brought to light. Just letting others around town WEAR THE NECKLACE was a big deal, which, huh? It’s just a necklace. But it really did make a difference in people’s lives.
Since I don’t consider myself a very materialistic person (by American standards, anyway), I thought that part was interesting. And it got me thinking: what things do I own that I put a high value on?
Aside from people and pets (in case you file those things in the “possessions” column), family heirlooms (grandpa’s watch and the like) and personal mementos (photos, coming-home baby outfits, etc), what do you own that you value? What’s your most prized possession(s)?
[Edited to add my answer: I turned this question in my head again and again, and I’m not sure what thing(s) I value most in my life. I mean, I love lots of our belongings. I love our bedroom set, and I love my red cupcake stand, and I love Marin’s bedding, and I love owning so many books. These things could all easily be replaced though.
I love our house- oh, how I love our house. There’s so much yet to be done here, but the character, the woodwork, the built-ins… And I love the location of our house; I love our neighborhood, our grown trees, the sidewalks… However, we don’t technically OWN our home. Hrrmph.
I think my final answer is my camera. Just like Erin! And my camera would be fairly useless to me without my laptop. And I use my laptop for so many other things (hello, Facebook? blogging?). So my camera AND my laptop. …AND my internet connection.
In trying to answer this question, I’ve realized just how disposable our culture is. If our house burned, along with all of our stuff, I’d collect insurance money (I am, after all, required by law to carry insurance on my property) and go about replacing all of our STUFF. Even my camera and laptop are technically replaceable….]