I have been looking at my pile of orphan earrings, earrings without partners, wondering why I keep them. It’s true that a lost earring does sometimes show up, but many have been mateless for years. Why do I keep even those single earrings?
Orphan earrings seem different from mateless socks and gloves. The reason to keep the latter seems more pragmatic, and parting with singles, less emotional. I feel… guilty about my single earrings, as if, in losing their partner, I’ve let them down.
As a Senior Move Manager, I am a professional downsizer, so my reluctance to part with something as useless as single earrings is especially troubling. Here I am, asking clients to part with half their belongings, when I hold on to useless earrings!
The problem is, I rationalize. I tell myself myths. The first myth is that the other earring will turn up, and while this occasionally happens, is that a good reason to hold on to all of them?
The second myth is that I will make jewelry out of the single earring. It could become a pendant, part of a pin or a charm for a bracelet. That won’t happen. Most of the earrings I wear these days are from Chicos — hardly the cornerstone of a piece of jewelry.
The third myth is that that matching earrings is not necessary — I can wear two different earrings. It will make me more interesting and au courant. This too is unlikely to happen.
The fourth myth is my favorite. Perhaps I will get a second piercing in one ear, and wear the orphan earring in the second hole! Will that ever happen? It’s not planned at present, but 9 years ago, I did go to a hair salon located next to a tattoo parlor, and came home with a small tattoo. I think there was something in the shampoo that made me do it. I do need another haircut… so who knows!
What about you? What do you do with your orphan earrings?