I earned an honors diploma from high school, and, therefore, I got to wear a yard or so of tasseled gold cord around my neck when I graduated. I can't remember for sure, but I think I wore the same cord when I graduated from university four years later.
Since then, however, the cord has been tied on the edge of a bookshelf, getting dusted ever so often. Until last week, that is.
Last week, I noticed that Mom had used the tasseled honors cord to tie back the new, decorative shower curtain in the bathroom.
It's nice to know that all my honors have paid off for her -- at last. :)