Claddagh

26 October 2008

It was a long, long weekend.  Attendance seemed rather high on Saturday, and sales were average.  Sunday, on the other hand, was quiet and sloooooooow.  So, when the day had ended and my workers were paid and on their way to their respective homes, I was more than ready for a relaxing dinner at Ginger’s with my girlfriends.  

Not long after dinner, Laura asked me what the current photo assignment was.  I don’t even know if I’m right or not, but I think I remember Kyle telling me it was “Love.”  I commented then, that that sure left things wide open for interpretation and many, many options.  Laura’s first thought was to slip her ring off her finger and present it for my camera’s pleasure. (She misses you, Paul!) It was quickly determined that adding the Girl Glass goblet as a base and partial background would add much in the way of interest and beauty.  I took three or four shots, and this is the one I ended up liking the best. 

The ring, is a Claddagh— a symbol well-known to most with an interest in things historical, or things Celtic.  It is a traditional Irish ring design, frequently given in friendship or even worn as a wedding ring.  The design and customs associated with it, originated in the (now lost) Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the old walls of the city of Galway.  First produced as a ring in the 17th century, the elements of the design are as follows:  the heart represents love; the crown represents loyalty; and the hands represent friendship. 

Modern traditions surround the wearing of this old symbol:  worn on the right hand, facing outward, it is a simple symbol of friendship.  Worn on the right hand, facing the wearer, it is a sign of commitment.  When worn on the left hand, facing outward,  it is normally being worn as an engagement/betrothal ring.  And once the union is made official (or the ring is being presented to a bride or groom during the wedding, it is worn on the left hand facing in toward the wearer.

Laura’s ring is very similar to my own engagement ring, and therefore a perfect symbol of love in my world, too.  It made me miss Kyle even more. 

He wrote that hopefully, this is the last weekend we have to be apart during TRF.  I hope he’s right.

~MB