Mom's Necklace

Relationship: Child of im/migrant
The hand piece attached to the necklace.
The hand piece attached to the necklace.

My mom’s necklace is very special to her. Before she came to America, she was living in Ecuador where she was born. Her mother, my grandma, gave my mom a small statue of Jesus. While my mom was cleaning her house, the statue fell to the ground and broke into many different little pieces. My mom did not know what to do at that moment. She couldn’t find any of the pieces because they were all over the place, but she did find only one of the pieces. She did find the hand piece of the statue. Her brother, my uncle, took the piece and made it into a necklace for my mom to wear. Ever since then, she has always been wearing the necklace. She always wears the necklace, regardless of where she is or what she does. My mom thinks of the necklace as “protection” because my grandma passed away & it’s as if she is looking down on my mom. It also symbolizes protection because the hand piece came from the small statue of Jesus. I never knew where she got the necklace or how that necklace got to be, so then I asked her about the necklace. The object is very important to me because of how it came to be. My mom didn’t buy the necklace, her brother made it into one for her. 

Place(s): Ecuador

– Jessica

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant