Friday, July 15, 2011

Carl's Bracelet

My friend at work asked me to make him a bracelet to commemorate his time in Viet Nam.  He served as a radio man during the Viet Nam War and the one thing that kept him going during that painful time was hope.  If you read the bracelet from the clasp counterclockwise, it spells "hope" in Morse code.  How cool is this?!

Another friend had sent him a similar bracelet, but it was delicate and feminine and he gave it to his wife.  What he wanted was a manly equivalent he could wear as a reminder.  I hope this does it.  I asked him what color he wanted or style and he said blue and plain.  To him, it's the message that matters rather than the embellishment.  I couldn't resist either the sentiment or the challenge.

When I select a gift for a family member, I try to pick out something that says who they are and who I am and I put a lot into the selection.  Don't get me wrong, I've given my share of ivory sweaters in my time, but I really try to find the perfect gift if I can.  Carl isn't family but because the sentiment is too cool and out of the respect I feel for how he served our country I owe it to him to do the best I can.  I hope this does it.  It's simple and manly and I checked the fit on Joe to make sure a man can wear it without cutting off circulation to his hand.

Here's to a good man and a good thought!  Cheers!


  1. oh wow, that is just totally cool. My 11 yr old daughter and I had a great conversation from this story. I truly hope he liked it!

  2. Thank you so much. I'm wowed that I could share this with you. Carl did like his bracelet, and the story gets even more precious and unique. Carl's son was just diagnosed with a serious illness and he's given my bracelet to his son and requested another one for himself. He figured his son could use a bit of hope too. I'm moved beyond words and I pray for the sentiment and the family.


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