I have a beautiful set of pearls I brought home from China that I only wear on very special occasions. My Big Smart Five Year Old knows these pearls came from China and so every time I wear them he is so very proud. I also have a beautiful silver filigree ball shaped locket that I picked up in China - this I wear often. I used to wear it all the time, until I traveled to Russia. While there I found a lovely yellow and green pendant, so now I have two necklaces to choose from, and two boys who want me to wear "their" necklace all the time. Seriously, they both LOVE my jewelry box so much that I had to move it to the top of the high dresser just so they would leave it alone. And when they see me wearing one of my birth country necklaces they get very excited. Or a little belligerent, depending on which country I am currently supporting. It's sometimes a contest of which country is best around here, and I imagine that it will only get worse before it gets better - when the tiny toddler is old enough to understand exactly what his older brother is talking about then I fear I will be spending a lot of days sporting both necklaces.
To make the competition that much more fun I found these:
here. At under $11.00 per pendant this is what I am asking my boys to give me for my birthday.