A rite of passage for many teens is a full-body rebellion against family traditions and parental rules. Erikson addressed this in his psychosocial development model, defining the conflict in the teen years as identity vs. role confusion.
Religion is one of the more common family traditions to get the boot when teens rebel. Some of us grow up and eventually return to the religious and spiritual roots of our family while others take sharp detours, and still others wander entirely away from any form of organized religious practice.
Still, there’s some comfort in the rituals, the food, the sights and sounds we heard as we grew up surrounded by adults who thought that the moon and stars rose and set in our eyes.
When life gets hectic and our internal compass seems to be sending mixed directions, it can be comforting to have a touchstone to a simpler time. This easy backpack charm is one way to reconnect to our roots. This one acknowledges the sacred family tradition of Shabbat but any religious or spiritual tradition could be made into a similar charm.
- Acrylic cabochon (I used 1″ diameter size)
- “Bottle cap” that fits cabochon (I used one that had a loop)
- Text of your choosing (I found a magazine article about the Jewish practice of the Friday night Shabbat dinner). Notice that the cabochon perfectly captures the words “candles“, “Israel“, “ancient Friday“, “challah” and “loved ones“.
- Coordinating charm
- Jump ring(s) – I used 12mm colored ones & chose blue
- Choice of findings (I wanted a clip for my backpack) but this could also be a necklace or keychain.
- Glue, scissors, pliers
- Lay the cabochon over the text you want and find the presentation desired. Cut out around the cabochon.
- If desired, sprinkle a sparse amount of glitter on the text.
- Peel backing away from bottom of cabochon and place on text capturing the glitter.
- Press paper flat squeezing out any bubbles.
- Apply glue to inside of receiving “bottle cap” and place cabochon into the glue.
- Allow to dry (I used a set of plastic clamps to hold this tight until it dried)
- Put together your charm(s) and colored jump ring.
- Once the glue has dried, clean off any excess and add your charms and jump rings.
- Connect to your finding (necklace or clip)
Each time you look at your memory piece, recall the memories, the food, the fun and most of all – the love that came with those family traditions. You may do things differently than your parents and grandparents did; you may not belong to a church, synagogue, or engage in regular religious or spiritual practice,…but you can still find comfort and peace in the memories of the rituals you shared with those who loved you.
Extraordinary healing can be achieved by looking back on the love of family expressed through traditions and shared across generations.
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