Last week I was putting up Christmas decorations. In particular, I was swapping out some Thanksgiving decor from an herb window I have above my kitchen sink. That window is also where I’ve placed my mom’s Swarovski crystal figurines that I inherited. She loved them, and since I have only managed to keep one plant alive (ever!) I treat the herb window as a display case for the crystals. The sun hits them and they throw rainbows around the room – it’s truly lovely.
As I made room for some light up snowmen and a tea light candle display, I moved around figurines only to notice that three of them were broken. At first I thought – did I do this myself? I couldn’t have, I was just touching them for the first time in a couple months. This is when it dawned on me that one of the cleaning ladies, who come once every two weeks to dust, mop and wipe down the baseboards, must have broken them. I also realized that whoever broke them must have purposefully moved the figures to disguise that they were damaged. One, which was a unicorn, had its entire horn missing – nowhere to be found. Which indicates that it was thrown out so that I wouldn’t notice it lying separately from the body.