Story Five: My name is Estelle Tudor,

I live in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I am 62 years of age and love my life. I no longer work for a wage, but I have gathered a small group of women together and we raise funds for sponsorship for some children's education. One has been in Bali and two in Africa. Sometimes we have more in the kitty so we can do more - it's all pretty fluid. I am married to a wonderful man who has been caring for me for the past 7 weeks (I broke the Fibula bone in my leg), and I have four divine granddaughters aged between 5 thru to 11. They are a constant delight to me.

I am writing to you to tell you about the effect reading the book 'The Necklace' has had on me. I have opened up my thinking about lots of things and you are responsible for that. I have always loved 'sharing things' and my girlfriends laugh at me when they get something new and I say "Oh, is this a sharing thing?" But now I see a bigger picture. I think the book will be like a bible to me on the
possibilities in life and in our community.

I had a watch given to me for my 60th birthday--not quite my style-- a bit large and showy. I collect love hearts and knowing this, my friend chose a watch with a love heart face and love heart links for the band. It is quite stunning but not for me. It has been sitting in its box for 2 years now, not worn. So, prompted by the book, about a month ago, another friend who loved it at first sight has taken it for awhile and it has been on a cruise - that's its first adventure. I would really like to let people who are struggling with a situation in their life to have it for a short while--the story is developing as we go so I am quite excited about it. I hope to have a diary for the ones who have it so they can write about their experiences with it. It should make for fun reading.Would you like to share our adventures with 'the watch' (we have named her Suzee, after the friend who gave it to me) she is keen to have it. After all she loved it enough to buy it for me! She has just returned from a long awaited trip to Africa where she worked with various communities teaching the teachers. An Indigenous man there told her to release her inner Zulu... so the 'z' in suzee means just that -I am hoping that those who get to wear it will find some inner strength and power, if not maybe they will just enjoy the glitz. I forgot to mention that the face of the watch is surrounded with sparkles NOT DIAMONDS, but lovely anyhow.

Yours most sincerely and with joy, Estelle Tudor

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