Here’s the deal:
My mother gave me a pearl and diamond pendant when I turned 16. It’s a lovely little thing, but I never wear it; the chain is so fine as to be nearly invisible, and the pendant is similarly dainty, and my style is big and clunky. So it’s been languishing in my jewelry box for nearly 20 years. The last time I wore it was for my wedding more than 12 years ago.
Tonight we are attending a surprise Sweet 16 party for my friend’s daughter. She is an exceptional young lady whom we are quite close to, and I have decided to give her the necklace (with my mother’s permission), since I will have no daughters to pass it to. She’s cute and petite, and it will look lovely on her. I bought a pair of pearl earrings to match and got a nice gift box to present it in.
I’d like to make clear the “heirloom” nature of the gift: that the necklace was once my Sweet 16 gift, and that I added the earrings to make a set. So I thought I’d write up a little poem to tuck into the gift box where she’ll see it when she opens it. Here’s what I’ve got:
The necklace is old,
The earrings are new,
This was once my Sweet 16 gift,
And now it belongs to you.
Yeah, pretty bad. I’d like to improve it – at least make the meter come out right. At 4 in the morning (hey, I get insomnia from time to time) this is as good as it gets.
Any suggestions? We leave for the party around 5:30 CST, and I’ll need to write the card and wrap it before then. If nothing else, I’ll use that bad, bad version above, but I’d like to make it a little better.
Thanks for any help you can give!