I thought the show itself was dreadful. Unfunny hosts, too many technical awards, boring introductions, draggy dance numbers, waaay too long. The actual awards were cool, though I understand some of you watched for other reasons.
I confess to not appreciating high fashion which, to me, often just uglies up an otherwise attractive person, but I am curious about the jewelry. Much of it is borrowed for the night – very pricy stuff that is returned o the rightful owner after the festivities. Still, I wonder, how much of that sparkly bling comes from the wearer’s ancestors?
Jewelry is one of the more likely items to be passed down from one generation to another. I know my wife has jewelry passed down from a couple of aunts and her mother, but we know nothing of their history before that. I have high hopes that some of the nicer jewelry I’ve given her over the years will be worn by yet-unborn grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Another interesting thing about this year’s telecast was a pre-show interview with Sarah Jessica Parker, the actress who was featured on last week’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” debut program on NBC. On the show, Parker learned that relatives took part in (and died during) the California Gold Rush and were accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials. Yet, when asked what she learned about her on the show, Parker was unable to articulate the high points of the program, instead muttering something utterly generic.
I think WDYTYR deserves better than that.
Writing prompt for the day: Do you know the history of your passed down jewelry?
Larry Lehmer is a personal historian and legacy planner who helps connect generations through their stories. To learn more, visit his web site, send him an e-mail or follow him on Twitter.