My mother gave me a birthstone ring for my birthday in January. I wear it all the time. A garnet. She didn’t buy it online or at Walmart, she went to the Mall to a jewelry store. When I was growing up, my dad was absentee and sent no child support. My grandmother raised me because Mom had to work 6 days a week and we went to church on Sundays and then she slept most of the afternoon. But I know she loves me—-if not then, then now. The ring represents her love. I will always cherish it.