My mother made this necklace when she was in high school and she gave it to me when I was in elementary school. I'd keep it in my pocket wrapped around my hand and hold it. I wear it sometimes now and think of my mom walking to school with my aunts along broken side walks, riding her bike with friends to the Santa Monica Pier, or skate boarding while strumming her ukulele down my grandparent's street. It's a connection to my mom and a place I think of as home.
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