Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Gold Ring
Gold Ring

My gold ring has been passed down through my mother's family for generations. From my great grandmother to my grandmother, then my mother, and now me. This ring has been brought from India, to Pakistan, and to the United States. Although this ring might have been given to my second-oldest sister, my mother chose to give it to me, not only because I almost begged her, but also because of our personalities. My mother gave each of my brothers and me a token as a symbol of love, kindness, and integrity. The ring has a special meaning for me, not only because it is from my homeland, but also because it was passed down from my great grandmother and grandma, whom I have never met. Unfortunately, they had passed away; fortunately, my siblings were present, unlike me, who they had no idea existed. The ring serves as a reminder of how important family is to me, as well as a vow to never give up and to continue moving forward in life. When I'm frightened or anxious, I look to my ring for comfort and assurance that I'm not alone. My elders are keeping an eye on me from all across the world. I hope you don't feel alone wherever you are and that you feel safe and strong in everything you do. There is something out there that is a sign, whether it is a ring, a necklace, or even a letter, that inspires you to strive for the utmost and finest.

Place(s): Pakistan, United States, Bedroom
Year: 1998

– Maham Surtee

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