What is the value of a diamond? Mine was an emerald cut, 27 point “star.” It had lived on my left hand for 21 years until this past week. And I have now unfortunately learned that my “star” was even more special than I had thought because today there just aren’t many emerald cut diamonds available on the market. While working, my diamond suddenly was gone. I am sure that I noticed my “star” missing immediately! My ring has become an extension of me and the sharp prongs on my setting touching my middle finger were the sign that things weren’t right.
I am an elementary school art teacher. It was between classes when the alarm from my fingers had me falling to the floor searching in a panic. When my next class came in, I explained to the 24 seven year olds just what had happened. They all were very concerned and immediately assisted me in my search. Little children were on their hands and knees, quietly feeling their way around the floor.
My heart rushed as one child came to me, “Is this it?” But no, it was a shiny bead left from another project. My young helpers spotted various pieces of glitter and sequins but not one diamond was found. Each and every child in this class followed by the students in the next one were so helpful, concerned and caring. They each seemed to know that a diamond is special not for its cash value but for the sentimental memories that shine from it. My diamond has not been found despite the many eyes and fingers that tried to help find my star.
The value of a diamond that of a precious memory cannot be lost but my students left me with one more precious memory found thanks to my missing star that will always shine for me.