How often do you come across people having identical items? Quite often, if they are mass produced, like phones or shoes. But if they are custom-created items like tattoos or jewelry, it is very rare to see two people have the exact same thing(s). The only exception I can think of – family members or very close friends having the same item. I have seen couples wearing the same custom-made jewelry or father and son having the same tattoo.
So, when I noticed identical, unique-looking, rings that this couple was wearing during their pregnancy photo session, I didn’t make much of the rings. About the same time, Jana noticed the rings too and asked “So you guys know each other for a long time? Know each other from school or college?”. They replied “Yes…a long time. How did you guess?”. “ Looking at your ‘friendship’ rings”. David, the dad-to-be, goes on to explain that those were not friendship rings and that they did not co-design it. Now, I am intrigued and ask them to elaborate. First, a little description of the ring itself – it looks like it is made of 5 separate sterling silver bands that are held together by a vertical clasp. Non-shiny and very classy.
David has two older and 2 younger siblings. He had told me earlier that he keeps in touch with each one of them almost on a daily basis. “Even if it is just a couple minutes over the phone ..we touch-base almost every day”. Several years ago, his dad apparently gave each one of the kids this ring as a symbol of ‘togetherness.’ The five bands are the 5 kids and their bond is held together by the clasp – the dad. Sweet! So that is the background on David’s ring. Susana stunned us with her explanation. When she was a teenager, her dad gave her this ring and said “This ring will help you find your life partner”. How on earth did they come up with the exact same design????? We have no clue!
By the way, she happens to be the Chicago City Clerk. I will tell you this about her – her energy is unmatched and both Jana and I love that!
The Office of the City Clerk: With a staff of approximately 100 people, the Chicago City Clerk is the second highest-ranking official in the City of Chicago. The City Clerk’s office maintains the official records of city government, including all City Council legislation. The office also distributes 1.3 million vehicle stickers, issues business and automatic amusement device licenses, and manages the city’s dog registration program. Because of its city services, the City Clerk’s office is the most visited in City Hall.
They just had their baby on the 4th of this month and we took some really cute shots of this little munchkin
Sri & Jana