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Love is a battlefield
I was talking about seasonal love, you know the one that just happens, with beli phool and random rain showers? The one that makes you feel guilty for enjoying storms while the same storm is killing hundreds and drowning fifty? That's the kind of love I was talking about, the one that falls with raindrops and is served inside green mangoes, to be enjoyed between hurried bites with salt and paprika.
As I was talking about seasonal love, the love I had on reserve got a bit jealous and demanded answers. She wanted to know what it was about seasonal love that stood out for me, it would go away when the season changed, she reminded me, “don't you know better?” she hissed.
I ignored her. I told her to go back to where she belongs, and she went back to her mahogany almira, slammed the door behind her and went back to grooming herself.
The tiktiki (lizard) that lives behind the cupboard found this all very funny and wouldn't stop tik-ing and now the humidity started getting to me and the whole house needed to be washed and cleaned to prepare for the season. So I started…
Under the sink I found a broken glass, the one that caused me seven years of bad luck. Being me, I picked it up to see my reflection and if my eyes were perfectly lined with kohl. Doing so I found a new freckle right above my upper lip, I wanted to claim it as a beauty mark, except beauty went running to the next room.
I chased her to the next room, she hid under the bed. It was a Japanese style bed so there was barely any space for me to slide my finger underneath. But I managed to do so anyway, and with that one index finger I gave her a good scolding. That worked against me, now she crawled up somewhere in the dark and threatened to never come out. I was afraid now. Without beauty my seasonal love was only half possible, I continued cleaning the floors with tears and a sponge, soap water wetted my feet and I slipped from one corner of the house to the other.
And right around then, he showed up. Seasonal love, I heard his footsteps and he stopped at my doors. He cleared his throat. I held my breath. I stood up and fell twice and then crawled to the broken mirror. I tried to fix my face but it was no longer mine, I cried out for beauty to return but she was unforgiving. All my wrinkles danced around my face settling into permanent positions. I stuck my head in the bucket of dirty soap water, my eyes burnt, my lips itched.
He rang the doorbell, I could smell the flowers in his hand, the ones he had picked for me, fresh of this season. I smelt like dirty floors and dust bunnies, I looked like a sad story not even worth reading once.
So I did the only thing I could, I kept my seasonal love waiting at the door. His impatient knocks got louder, I hid under the blankets and fell asleep while it rained and people drowned outside. And you were in my dream that night… we talked about seasonal love, broken glasses and seven years of bad luck.
Treasuring the treasures
Many people wonder just how to take care of their sterling silver jewelry. When you first purchased that silver necklace, ring or broach it was shiny and beautiful. In time, silver tarnishes from the interaction of silver and sulfides in the air.
First the tarnish will take on a golden hue, and eventually, it will turn the piece black. This is a natural process. Higher sulfide levels are associated with humidity and air pollution. Keep in mind that the more humid the climate, the faster sterling will tarnish.
Sterling silver will polish up by rubbing or buffing it with a soft cotton cloth. A chemically treated cloth, like a Sunshine Cloth, makes the job a lot easier and faster. Sterling silver dips are fast and easy. However, be careful! First, many dips will take the color and polish off many gemstones. Second, when using a dip, if you leave the piece in too long, or don't rinse it well enough with fresh water, white residues will be left on the piece when it dries. The residue is difficult to rub or pick off.
Tarnish Shield, or similar lacquer shield, will keep the piece of jewelry shiny until the tarnish wears off. You should be aware that pieces that have been lacquered don't age well, until all the lacquer has worn off. In spots where the lacquer has loosened from the sterling, but not worn off, the silver will tarnish, but you won't be able to buff it.
The simplest way is usually the best way. Get a clean, soft cloth and polish your silver. It will be beautiful again!
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