At a family gathering over the weekend, my dear youngest uncle
surprised me by pulling this string of seven metal fish charms from
his pocket. They were given as Sunday School rewards for
attendance and scripture memorization in our little Indiana church
back in the 1950's. I have such fond memories of catching these fish
on my trusty pencil and string pole in the pond behind the green
vinyl rocker. His sweet gesture brought tears to my eyes.
They immediately conjured thoughts of the biblical story of the loaves
and the fishes, and the creative power they represent. The parable
isn't just about the physicality of feeding the multitude with material
food, but about spiritual advancement, as well.
Through the centuries, the symbol of the fish has come to represent
Christianity, but for me, these charms bring thoughts of love,
creativity, new ideas and the exciting possibility of increase. I
couldn't think of a more appropriate gift, since autumn is my season