Today as I was doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, I was cruising through Oakridge Shopping Centre, one of our more chichi malls in Vancouver. It has all the high-end stores such as Edward Chapman, DKNY, MaxMara, Michael Kors, Guess, Femme de Carriere, Birks, Rodeo Jewelers, Ingledews Shoes, and all the rest of the usual suspects. Oakridge Centre is large and airy, and all the ceilings throughout are made of skylights. At Christmas time there is a wonderful display with Santa and all his little reindeer, and the children love having their pictures taken there.
As I was cruising past one of the jewelry kiosks that was set up in the mall concourse, I saw a little necklace that caught my eye. It was made up of pink gemstones, and I thought it was quite pretty. I thought perhaps a little girl I know might like it for Christmas. It had all the prerequisites, it was quite dainty and it was pink. And the stones looked like quite good stones, not cheap looking, but rather nice. The pendant on the necklace had an odd shape, and I picked it up to have another look, and I quickly dropped it. I felt as if my fingers had been burned, and a feeling of revulsion went through me. The little odd-shaped pendant on the dainty pink necklace was a swastika.
I know the swastika originated centuries ago as a lucky charm in many of the Eastern cultures, and it has an ancient long-standing history with many other cultures as well. But in more recent history it has come to represent something else, something malevolent. It is banned in many countries, and it will never be able to be redeemed. I certainly hope the little odd-shaped pendant made out of pink gemstones doesn't end up under the Christmas tree of some unsuspecting little girl, who will wear it to school to show all her friends.