My friend, Martina, is from Austria. I met her by accident the first day of school. She may not want to remember that morning... BUT, I was standing in the kindergarten court yard talking to a few parents (whom I met at orientation when I thought I was going to send MD to kindergarten in the fall of 2010). She came running out crying. So I gave her a hug (because I am a mom and a former teacher, I knew why she was crying!). Does that make me seem strange? Do I normally give strangers hugs?! (NO! But I just knew it was what she needed!) I knew that letting her child go the first day of kindergarten is SO hard! But to make it worse, her son, Jonas, began kindergarten not knowing a lot of English. She was worried for him! I told her that he would be okay and that he will learn to communicate when he needed something. I understood her anxiousness... even though I did not feel it when MG started kindergarten. (But I paid for it later when it turned out her kindergarten teacher was a waste of a credential! But don't get me started!!!! ARGH!) Anyway, her birthday was in February. I wanted to make her a special gift because I knew that after the year was over, she would return home to Austria. (Her husband is here in California for his work.) I am hoping she will think of me when she wears her pendant.
I love the sterling silver oval shape disc. It's different.