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My Guardian Gemstone
By Joyce P. Hale
Monday, November 10, 2003

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OK, I'm new at this short story genre, although I've written rhyming poems for 50 years. (:D

Have you had something which you felt was *yours.*  You could not lose it, you could not give it away, it belonged to you!  (By the way, I am not talking about a man or a dog!  (:D )    Years ago, so long I can barely remember when, a lovely gem-cut turquoise stone came into my possession.  It had a wrap of gold wire around it and a tiny curl at the top, through which to pass a loop for hanging.  It was handmade.  This is the story of me and my turquoise gemstone.

When it first claimed me, I put it on a gold chain, rather fragile, hung by one of those small round gold hoops.   Now although I am not a *jewelry person,* it became a favorite necklace of mine.  It is a beautiful deep blue turquoise color,  almost two inches long, and I felt special wearing it.  However, something in this universe was trying to take it away from me!  The first time I lost it, I was devastated.  I went over all the places I had been that day in my mind, then went to all the places I had been on foot and by car.  I found it on my neighbor's driveway!   I replaced the small hoop by which it had let go, tightened it, and continued wearing it, thinking how lucky I had been to find it. 

The next time I lost it, again I was stricken by a sense of loss that seemed out of proportion to merely a lovely gemstone necklace.  I went over all the places I had been in my car that day, and could find it nowhere.  It was gone!  Several days later, my husband came in and asked me if I had lost a turquoise stone.  I jumped up and ran to him, snatching it from him rather ungraciously like I might a long-lost dog or cat, asking him where he had found it!  He normally never looked under the driver's seat of the car, but this day he dropped a coin, and not being able to find it, got down and searched under the seat.  What should he come across but my talisman, calmly waiting for someone to find it, and maybe calling the coin to join it so that someone would look for them. 

Since the hoop had come undone again, I decided to hang it on a silk cord, through the little curl which was part of it.  This time we were on vacation in another state, and I discovered it was gone after arriving back at our motel after taking a walk in a woods park, along a river.  After checking the motel room and hallways, and the parking lot, I was undone.  By this time I had the feeling that it was a *lucky* piece, and its loss was a blow.  How would I ever find it in the woods, and if it were in plain sight, surely someone else will have noticed it and picked it up by now!   We drove back to the park, left the car at the visitors' center, and proceeded to try to follow the same paths we had taken earlier.  Five or ten minutes into our walk, lo and behold, off to the side of the pathway, hiding in the grass, out of plain sight but within the realm of eyes that were searching for it, was my turquoise necklace!  The knot in the silk cord had come undone, and it had dropped off maybe to visit with the woods creatures, and to restore itself. 

OK, by this time I was sure that this was a gemstone which in some astral manner was destined to be my companion through life.  I double and triple knotted the cord this time, knowing that there was no way it would come undone.  And it didn't, for a long time.  Again, we were in another state, had our grandchildren with us, and had taken them to a playground which was near our motel.  We had never been there before and had asked some local people where there was a playground to which we could take the kids.  Upon winding through sidestreets and under bridges and around curves, we found the playground, and proceeded to spend a good time there; the children climbing and riding , and all of us running and playing.  Upon our arrival back at our motel, I realized my precious gemstone necklace was gone!  We went through the same by-now-familiar procedure:  check the room, the hallways, the parking lot, the car.  Then we all piled in to go back to the playground to get it.  You realize I said "to get it."  By this time there was not a shadow of a doubt that this lovely turquoise gemstone was *mine,* and it would never belong to anyone else, and I had no doubt that it would be somewhere waiting for me to find it.  And we did!  As we walked down the pathway to the swings and see-saws, there it was, just off the concrete path, waiting in the grass for me to come back and get it.  How many other people had passed it and not noticed it, I'll never know.  All I know for sure is that it was there waiting for us.   I realized what had happened.  The day had been warm, and I had taken off my outer layer of clothing, and as I took it over my head, the silk cord had gone with it, *my* stone attached. 

I decided that this had gone on too long, and if it continued, maybe one of these times I would lose it for good, and I did not want that to happen.  So I searched until I found a small wire *cage* into which I placed my turquoise gemstone, double looped a silk cord through the cage's loop, tied it tightly and glued the knot.  It's been several years now since my stone has gone wandering, and my feelings about it have not changed.  When I wear it, which is often, I feel complete, safe, whole!  It is a part of me, and was meant to be with me always. 

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/18/2007
Wow! Fascinating, Joyce. This is like your special "talisman." Thank you for sharing this wonderful true tale. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 10/23/2006
A true adventure for both you and your stone. Keep at this story writing, you probably have many more tales to share with us!

Oh, and once in a while, place your stone in a grassy, safe spot; it just may need some re-energizing!(but tie it down)

Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/13/2006

You and that " Lucky " turquoise gemstone do not want to be parted..
I will say a little prayer that it stays that way :)
Love your free and relaxed style of writing and your magnificent word usage !

Reviewed by Judith Bailey 7/7/2006
This is a lovely piece of turquoise... my first comment. Second comment is that it would appear your stone had a great sense of adventure, choosing to explore the world, yet always waiting for you.

Third comment is about your writing.... totally natural feel to it, as other readers have commented, easy to follow and continue reading. I ask you to continue to write in this form... it is wonderful.

Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/14/2006
If this is just the beginning of your short-story writing, very impressive! A great story, wonderful penned.
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by The Smoking Poet 7/10/2005
Almost as if that little gem wanted to take you places and make you linger there...
Reviewed by Brett Pransky 7/2/2004
Very nicely done. Ther is a nice style and pace to the way you write, and it is pleasing to read. I will send you a few notes by PM when I get a bit more time, adn will also review a few poems, even though I am a rank amatuer in that particular arena.

Good work. Now go write some more. :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/10/2003
very good for a first attempt at writing a story! i am really impressed! i have written nearly 800 stories; feel free to read some of 'em! think you may like some of them...or, i hope you do! LOL (((HUGS))) and much love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :D

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