3 years ago I was at Nine Zero One Salon getting my hair cut. While getting shampooed, I saw these old beautiful keys hanging on the wall. They were very old and kind of banged up… yet hanging on beautiful gold chains. Hummmmm Upon further inspection I noticed what looked like a hand stamped word…. LOVE… on another… STRENGTH…. on another…. COURAGE. I instantly fell in LOVE…. with The Giving Keys. I raced to the front desk to find out all I could about these old special keys. They explained that a friend of the owners, Cailtlin Crosby, started this company by acquiring old keys and having people down on their luck… stamp them with inspirational words. I was to buy that key and give it to someone that needed those words. I was with my daughter Beau and we were getting ready for her engagement party… so I bought her LOVE. So that she could bask in the LOVE of her fiancé, James Fay for the rest of her life. Beau returned the favor and bought me a tiny little key also with LOVE…. explaining that it was the LOVE that she had for me. As tiny drops of tears flowed… I knew I had to share this amazing story. So 3 years ago I did a little story here on FABULOUS365 about The Giving Keys. I had so many calls after the story went live…. that I am sure they sold out that day.
On to Mother’s Day this year… 2015. Beau shows up on Mother’s Day morning with a beautiful key stamped with the word “Darling” and a video of a man hand stamping it…. just for me. Darling is my name that her child will one day call me. Talk about “Pay it Forward!” Beau had met Caitlin Crosby…. the woman behind The Giving Keys… and went for a visit to her work shop. The love and elegance that went into that stamping was astounding to watch. They key itself holds a special message and I am honored to have such a personal key.
Side Note: The Giving Keys does not personalize keys. The whole point of the inspirational word stamped on each key is… to bring that forward into our lives… all while helping those less fortunate than ourselves.