I’m not normal, I don’t pretend to be normal, I’ve never been normal.
I’m not a weirdo. I’m not annoying. I wouldn’t be the first one to be kicked off Survivor because everyone thought I was a nutjob. But I have always been different. Even as a kid.
I saved things. I pondered. I planned ahead. I don’t think I ever took part in the “instant gratification” all other kids did. I always left my favourite part of the meal to eat at the end. The upside … I was left with the taste of my favourite thing in my mouth. The downside … it was always cold.
I was that kid who still had Halloween candy by the end of June.
I did this because I liked to plan ahead. Get myself set up for the future. So at the age of 16 when I saw this necklace in an antique store I knew I wouldn’t wear it. It was too old for me. But 16 year old Karen had the forethought to realize older Karen would love the necklace. So I bought it, and put it away. At the age of 21, I pulled it out of my jewellery drawer, thanked young Karen and wore it to death.
When I came across the necklaces from my latest advertiser I was immediately reminded of my vintage necklace. I still love it. That 16 year old Karen was pretty smart. Too bad she didn’t have the forethought to wear sunscreen and invest in Apple Computers.