It has its perks, being known as ‘the woman with the earrings’. If anyone has that status, it’s not me - but my mom. Her friends now even bring her earrings from all over the world, like this pair brought all the way from Kazakhstan by my parent’s friend Henk. He found them in Gulmira Bashirova’s shop in Almaty, and even brought my mom a picture of the shop. Quite the service!