The Little Things That Tell Your Story…

Whilst adding a new keyring to my house keys (bear with me – I promise this is interesting!) I got to looking at what was on there and what I was adding. I’m one of those people who has a bazillion keyrings attached to their keys so that I can find them easily in my bag, but I haven’t added a new keyring for a while.

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I’ve got all sorts on there and all of it has a story. There’s the My Little Pony lanyard, which I bought from Hot Topic Β on a trip to New York. The pink “Ha Ha Ha! What?!” Keyring, which I originally bought for Amy when we first met. I’m, not sure how that made its way back onto my keys but it has. Then there’s the Hard Rock Cafe “Fight for a Cure” key charm, which was bought by my Mother In Law at the Hard Rock Cafe in London. They’re all things that allude to a certain time of my life. The carefree New York Holidays, the Hard Rock Cafe dinner that was a celebration of some kind (I can’t remember what, but the photos are on Facebook) and the ‘relic’ from when I first met Amy

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Obviously the picture of Eden was what I was adding this morning. We entered her inΒ a
local modelling competition a few days ago, figuring it was free to enter and we got some lovely pictures, so why not? As part of our photo package we received two photo keyrings – so one went to Amy’s keys and the other went to mine. I love her smiley little face and how colourful the picture is. That morning we had just been swimming for the first time with her and we stumbled across the modelling thing whilst wondering round a local town centre. I wasn’t sure Eden would bring the smiles because of being so tired from swimming, but she smiled like a pro!

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The other keyring that I haven’t yet talked about is from the 9/11 memorial. I bought it during a(nother!) trip to New York. We did a tour of the local area and of the Memorial with a guide from the Tribute WTC Visitor Centre. I will never forget that tour, because it was with a guide named Vic, who was the security manager for the Towers and was at work the day of the attacks. His story and the way he spoke about what happened gave a whole new perspective to what the world had witnessed, and I don’t think I will ever forget him or what he told on on that beautiful day in my favourite city in the world.

As part of the tour he told us about “The Survivor Tree”, which was badly damaged in the attacks and was retrieved as a severely damaged shadow of its former self. The tree was nursed back to health at a nursery in Brooklyn (I think it was Brooklyn!) and now stands as part of the memorial site. The year we went was the first year it had grown leaves as well, and I really took to heart the message about being able to recover no matter what life throws at you.

So, that’s why putting the new keyring on made me think. The Survivor tree keyring was bought at a time when I was deep in the infertility trenches, wondering if we would ever have our baby. I was low as hell, having just been through a sexual assault court case and working at a job where upper management had the unfortunate habit of treating everyone like crap. I bought that keyring as a reminder that things would get better. However bad it got, we would heal and move forward and as much as we wouldn’t be the same people as we were going into the storm, we could come out of it.

Adding on the picture of our little girl was like coming full circle. Funny how little things make you think, right?

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16 Responses to The Little Things That Tell Your Story…

  1. Julie S. says:

    How lovely! I used to do a huge keychain too so I love how every new charm on your keychain tells a story and has so much meaning!

    #KCACOLS

  2. Kat says:

    I love this! My keyrings did tell a bit of a story for me, but they recently broke! Now I’m decorating my fridge with magnets of places we’ve been! #kcacols

  3. Eden is gorgeous πŸ™‚

  4. Oh, what a beautiful story… It really is surprising the journey that our keepsakes and trinkets can take us on, and I just love this! What a beautiful message behind the 9/11 key ring-it must’ve been really powerful and emotional to have taken that tour, and seen the tree. Eden looks so gorgeous on her key ring, and really is smiling like a pro!! I’m so glad you’ve come out the other side of a darker time of your life, with some great reminders of how far you’ve come!
    Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

  5. So moving, it must be a emotional remind of the journey you have come and how strong you are as a family. You now can celebrate the gift of your daughter and remind yourself of how much you have come X #kcacols

  6. Sara Handy Herbs says:

    I definitely agree that little things can make us think. It is lovely that the charms all have a special meaning. I love that adding Eden was like coming full circle πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS

  7. Raquel says:

    Wow, love how your keyrings each tell a story as I just use random key rings LOL. Great post!

  8. madelinelittlejohns says:

    Oh what a lovely story! I love those little things that make you realise how much your life has changed! x #KCACOLS

  9. Such a beautiful way of reminding you of important things and treasured memories. Such a gorgeous little one, very aptly named. I have a Lego torch that Leo got for his 5th, Harry potter time turner from friends and a fingerprint Leo did when the police came to visit nursery when he was 2. Thank you for reminding me of those special things πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS

  10. This is so lovely – I have a very boring estate agent keyring but should get a personalised one! How incredible it must have been to take the 9/11 tour, thank you sharing this. #KCACOLS

    • We lucked out with the tour. Each one is led by someone who was involved in some way with what happened. We did one the previous year with a Red Cross worker who had helped with the recovery but this one was TOTALLY different. He clearly had a great love and knowledge of those buildings. Was amazing to hear and share his story

  11. Beautiful story. I have a growing collection of keyrings but never thought about making them into a story – it would be interesting to put them all together and see the story they tell! Great post #KCACOLS

    • I just came up with the idea whilst adding the one of Eden. It was the tree that particularly struck me because it was the polar opposite of what I was adding. Things are funny!

  12. Oh I love this story. I love having keyrings too. Although lately they are all broken 😦 I really want to get a few again and build a nice story like yours too. The 9/11 tour sounds super. What a historical tour. Your little one is so cute. I hope she wins that competition πŸ˜‰ Such a lovely post! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. Also thank you so much for all your comments! I really appreciate it! Hope to see you again tomorrow! πŸ™‚ xx

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