Essay about My Personal Artifact: Pearls

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My Personal Artifact: Pearls Every person has on object in their life that is very precious to the, for me, it is my pearl necklace. They are small and round and a lustrous cream color with a pink sheen. They have a tiny gold clasp that holds the necklace together. My pearls tell a story than no other personal artifact can: my heritage. The pearls symbolized tradition and womanhood in my family’s life, and they were to be worn with dignity and pride. Every holiday, the girls of the family accessorized their outfits with the pearls given by our grandmother. They were something we all had in common: the thread that linked our generations together. I recall looking down at my Nana’s casket and I could almost hear her voice whispering …show more content…
They are my reminder. They keep my history alive. The tradition began when my Great-grandparents came from Ireland and my Great-grandmother saved all of her money working as a seamstress to buy a small set of pearls for herself. She gifted them to my Nana when she was fifteen years old. My Nana always wore her pearls with pride and used them as a reminder that her life wasn’t always as good as it was. She always told us to humble ourselves and never belittle someone, especially based on what they did or did not have.

My pearls are a reminder of people before me who had ambition beyond restraint, people who had to step outside of the box and go against the grain. These are my ancestors. They tell the story that brings me to where I am today. The past shows clues to the future, I believe and I hope to one day be as brave as the people before me.

My cultural values are also illustrated through my necklace. I assume most values of a normative southern girl. Many people have misconceptions about what all southerners are. I enjoy drinking a glass of sweet tea and listening to country music, I am different, however. I enjoy being laid back and casual, but I do have important values. I have strong opinions about government and the way that I live my own life. The values that I believe in play a very important role in my life. These important values have been greatly influenced by my family. My values include family, education,
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