We:30 Share & Tell: Lauren Brings Her Necklace

Every Wednesday at 3:30 we get together to celebrate an employee who exemplifies our core values to inspire, share, evolve, exceed and be 100% jerk-free. Our Share and Tell edition invites an employee to share something that inspires them and has a unique story. This week Lauren brings her necklace!

My share is a necklace my mom gave me on my college graduation day. This necklace seems very ordinary to the naked eye but what most people don't know is that my mom has a way about her that is not only thoughtful and sentimental, but also very calculated. You see, I had asked her about these charms roughly 10 years ago and she told me she had lost them. Fast-forward to May 2013 as we are about to leave for my graduation ceremony, she gives me a little safety pin with the three of them dangling on it to pin to my dress and have with me during that infamous walk across the stage. Little did I know she had lied 10 years prior about losing them and was saving them for this day. Sneaky. 

You can see there are three charms on the necklace that some of you probably recognize. The horn on the left is an Italian cornicello or "little horn" and is memory of my father's mother, who was of Italian descent. The middle charm is an Irish four leaf clover and is in memory of my mother's mother, who was of Irish descent. The charm on the far right is the mano cornuto or "horned hand" and was a gift from my mother. All three charms were given to me when I was a newborn and are said to protect the person wearing them from bad luck and evil spirits. 

This necklace has become my good luck charm and I wear it often. Whether it's protecting me from "bad juju," I'm not sure, but I would like to think so. Not only does it have a pretty awesome backstory, it reminds me of a strong woman currently in my life (my mom) and two that are now dancing above us (my grandmas).

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