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What's on your wrist?

The items that decorate the space between your hand and your elbow can say a lot about you

The items that decorate the space between your hand and your elbow can say a lot about you

August 19, 2008|By ERICA SYVERSON / Pulse Correspondent

I feel like the wrist is a forgotten part of the body. Does anyone notice them anymore? I mean, I myself am very wrist-aware, but I wonder if people garnish their wrists for the same reasons that I do.

Wrists are so easily accessible, but we forget how much they can say. Just like the way we dress and the way we stand, something simple like a timepiece makes a statement about us.

I've been wearing the same things on my wrists for a while because most of them don't come off. Each item has a connection to an important person, place or time in my life. I started with a simple piece of brown yarn. A very good friend of mine did the same thing with his own left wrist before I moved and we promised not to remove them unless they broke. It means that we both know there's someone out there that cares about us.

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Fedora Copley, 16, a junior at North Hagerstown High School, admires the simplicity of plain threads and yarns. She also wears a friendship bracelet that she made herself. Her wrists boast delightful asymmetry and contrasting colors.

Sally Newlin, 17, a senior at Washington County Technical High School, wears a bracelet with turtle shapes from Germany to remind her of her boyfriend. She believes that, if she holds onto it, it will bring him luck or connect their souls together. Sentimental.

I also adopted a scrap of my ex's favorite T-shirt (that has since been thrown out), the occasional hair-tie, my favorite bandana and a leather braid I bought at a shop downtown. I like the vintage look of the faded fabric and the worn leather kind of makes me feel like a hippie. I like that I can make a statement without words. That's why I always wear rainbow pride bracelets on my right wrist.

Sarah Martens, 17, also a senior at Washington County Technical High School, wears multi-colored bangles because they're stylish, trendy, and they help to convey her style and personality through appearance. A perk is the fact that they jingle when she moves. Fashionable.

Sometimes people just don't feel like adorning the joints connecting their arm and their hand. Alex Smelgus, a 15-year-old junior at South Hagerstown High, doesn't even wear a watch. Brigitte Grewe, 14, freshman at North Hagerstown High, prefers to wear some sort of hair ties or bracelets, but she is often in too much of a rush to put anything on. I admit to often forgetting things.

It's nice to know that I'm not the only person who thinks about what he or she has on his or her wrist. Though what we wear on our wrist is not necessarily a vital issue, what we all wear is part of our daily lives. Stopping and looking at what we've got on our wrists is just an easy way to keep everyday tasks from getting mundane.

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