Monday, November 17, 2008

Fun Monday

Our hostess is M for Misformisanthrope. This is our assignment:

Do you have a piece of jewelry or other item that holds great personal significance for you, and that you wear or keep with you every day? Show us a photo of your talisman, and tell us why it is so important to you.

My talisman is a charm of Bob's LAPD badge. I've worn it for decades.

Bob was active duty LAPD for 28 1/2 years. It was an exciting job for him; he saw tons of action.  He was at the SLA shoot-out, and in the thick of the last LA riots.  He spent all his LAPD career assigned  in the "South-end" of Los Angeles. He worked many details. He was a patrol copper. He was a training officer, ie. 1 Adam 12, if you're old enough to remember that TV program. He worked vice, undercover. During that time he wore his hair shoulder length, and looked pretty grubby at work. Once, he dropped our daughter off at middle school. She was soooo embarrassed when her friends asked if that was her Mom!

He spent the majority of his career as a detective. There are a variety of detective assignments; autos, children, CAPS (crimes against people!), homicide, etc. The only one he didn't work was children. He didn't want to deal with the people who hurt children.

Now that Bob is retired, for over 10 years, now, I still wear it. I make jewelry, so I take it off when I wear one of my creations, but otherwise, it's always close to my heart.

12 comments:

Wammy said...

How awesome is that! I don't wear anyhing but my wedding ring and the earrings my Dad had made for me last Christmas from My Mom's wedding ring. Just never did. But I love that you have something so special.

Lil Mouse said...

thats certainly very interesting.. i dont have anything like that.

misformisanthrope said...

Wow, Jan...what a lovely talisman. Thank you to Bob for devoting his life to keeping the community safe. And thank you for sharing in this lovely post!

Sayre said...

Bob's career certainly affected your life too - and now that everything is safe and settled, it makes sense to wear that reminder of coming through that life together!

Beckie said...

That is really special! What an exciting career he had.

I love Adam 12 - The kids and I watched the entire first season this last summer. We watched it online from Netflix.

Ali said...

That is very special, nice one

Mariposa said...

Love the story...oh my! You have your own James Bond!!! :)

And you make jewelry?! Really?! I need to hear more about it! Well, now you know it's a weakness!!!

Happy Fun Monday...

P.S. Please get back to me on the jewelry...

BeeDancer said...

That is a wonderful piece. I can understand why it's so special

Karmyn R said...

What a wonderful proud talisman to be wearing! Plus, it is very unique.

Sarah said...

Such a great piece and a fantastic tribute as well as talisman!
Thanks for sharing it with us.

Allie said...

Spoken like a true police wife! I think only we truly understand how PROUD we are of them. I love this, thank you for sharing.

Janis said...

That is some story, glad Bob made it to retire in that dangerous job.

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