by Samantha Fabian
One string, two strings, red strings, blue strings. Bracelets come in all sorts of different shapes, sizes and colors; no one bracelet is exactly like the next. When it comes to bracelets at Marian, each one is unique and has its own story. These stories hold a different signi cance to each girl, and taking the time to understand the bracelet can help one understand the girl.
When walking down the hallway, students can spot freshman Cleo Wear’s bracelets from the other side, as she usually has four or ve adorning her wrist at any given point. Wear loves to style her out ts with the accessories because they remind her of her family and past experi- ences.
Some of her favorite bracelets were purchased in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, where her family vacationed when she was in eighth grade. The bracelets contain a variety of vibrant colors, which she says are a constant reminder of how tropical and bright things were in Mexico.
Although Wear loves to be reminded of her previous getaway, there is a different bracelet that claims the top spot on her wrist. It was made by her sister, Maddie, and was given to her on her fourteenth birthday as a present. It is extremely spe- cial to her because of the hard work that her sister dedicated to creating it.
She recognizes the work that bracelet making entails and wants others to express themselves through the accessory.
“Wear more and just go crazy and express yourself,” Wear said.
Similar to Wear, sophomore Clàudia Archer’s array of bracelets can be considered impressive. She dons a variety of bracelets on each wrist, and each one is important, seeing as they only come off if they break.
She is fondest of the bracelet that her parents bought for her while they were in South Dakota, which is made from authentic horse hair.
Archer has been riding horses almost since she could walk, and the bracelet captures her love and passion for the sport. Although she took a hiatus from riding when her trainer left, she returned to the sport in the fall of 2015 and is currently riding a horse named Pepe at Ponca Hills Farm.
Along with the horse hair bracelet, bracelets from Spain, Sophomore Retreat, friends and her mother have also found
a place on her wrists. The selection of bracelets may seem random, but each one is there for a reason.
“I don’t wear bracelets just to wear bracelets,” Archer said. She believes each one tells a story, and each one adds a chapter to her book.
Bracelets can also be found decorating the wrists of junior Kayla Gornall. She wears seven bracelets on a daily basis, but one of them in particular brings a part of the Dominican Republic to Omaha.
During July of 2017, Gornall took an eight-day trip to the Dominican Republic to perform service work and teach at a vacation Bible school in Aguayo. While she was there, she was given a blue and red bracelet with the words “envision DR” by the organization she stayed with.
Gornall said that she wears the bracelet as a daily reminder of “the love I felt when I was down there.” She was especially fond of the children she taught at the vacation Bible school.
Although her Dominican bracelet holds a special place in her heart, her favorite bracelet was gifted to her by her best friend, Zaza Nelson. It was given to her as a birthday gift, and the proceeds from the bracelet went to women’s education.
Just like the others, senior Lily Nelson sports a stack of bracelets on her wrists on a daily basis. Her most prized bracelet is blue, braided and comes from her mother; it was given to her a couple of days before she started high school. Even now, four years later, she stills wears it as a reminder of how much she has grown and matured throughout her time at Marian
Like Wear and Gornall, Nelson also wears bracelets that don’t originate from the United States. One of her favorites, which comes from Akumal, Mexico, is green and has a small turtle charm on it. She also has bracelets from other coun- tries, such as Ireland and Peru. She said that bracelets from other countries spark different memories from each of her travels.
Nelson also loves wearing Pura Vida bracelets, which are handmade in Costa Rica. These bracelets help support the a wide range of charities. Because they are handmade, each one is unique, just like its owner.
“I love collecting bracelets! I think that it is a great hobby to have,” Nelson said, and her positive outlook can be shared with others.
Each bracelet can be a representation of the one wearing it, and no matter the color, size or shape of the bracelet, it will always be personalized to the girl.
So, whether Marian girls decide to wear bracelets that are made out of horsehair, come from friends or were even acquired in another country, each one holds a special meaning and has gained its rightful place on the girls’ wrists.