It was the summer of 2006 when walking past Michaels Jewelers, this little blue box in the window with a ring caught my mom's attention and made us wander into the store. I clearly remember PANDORA being explained to us by a wonderful woman by the name of Carla when PANDORA was sold out of one of the small counters in the store. That day, I purchased my first 14K gold & sterling silver bracelets, one for myself and one for my mom along with the ring in the little blue box, which was later called Ocean Waves, two clips for each bracelet and a two-tone charm for each of us. I still have that little blue box that the jewelry came in and the memory that comes with it. Our PANDORA story is a long and beautiful one, but I will sum it up by sharing with you that my mom, Confesora "Soraida" Rodriguez was an amazing woman, mother and above all, a golden hearted human being who taught me by example. As a traveling musician, I would often be away, but always making sure to carry the latest couple of PANDORA catalogs because at the end of my day, and in whatever state or country I was in, the last thing I would do at night is call my mom, sometimes for two hours at a time, and within 20 minutes we were talking about PANDORA. We were always able to know exactly what charm or item we were speaking of because we would both have the catalogs in hand making sure we were always on the same page. I would always try to get a hint on what she was favoring and wherever I found myself at the time, I would try to find a PANDORA retailer in order to surprise her when I got back home. I was living in New York at the time, but would travel to Connecticut during my breaks to see her and for years as this went on, our collection grew bigger and our bond even stronger! PANDORA has given me a way to always carry my mom with me. Through each and every charm, there's a beautiful memory that only she and I shared and that makes it even more special. My mom departed with the Lord on September 6, 2013 in my arms. Even now, PANDORA continues to be a part of my life and with it, the memory of my mom. Every time I visit my mom's grave, I bring two items that she told me in her absence never to go without, white roses and the latest PANDORA catalog, which I always open to the page with the gold charms and locate the Roses, which were her favorites. With this I say, "Thank you PANDORA for being a part of the growing bond between a son and his mother and creating unforgettable moments and memories to last a lifetime."