Written by Stanley Greenberg Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
Lorraine, my beautiful wife, and I, were attending a lecture at the Fox Hollow Restaurant on Long Term Health Insurance. We were invited by my favorite stockbroker, Jack Natter of Morgan Stanley. The tall, straight-backed, healthy speaker was Wisconsin-born Wendy Boglioli.
Boglioli ‘s lecture spoke of all the healthy things in life; proper diet, exercise, sleep and don’t overdo anything. She was a perfect example of what living the good life can do for a person.
She said, she swims every day and by the way, she won a gold and a bronze medal for swimming at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Amazing!
As Boglioli was lecturing with her slide show, I noticed a beautiful, extravagant looking bracelet on her left wrist. I commented to my broker that the diamond bracelet must have set her back a lot of money.
When the talk was over, Boglioli made the rounds of the tables for personal discussions. When she came to our table, she showed us her two medals, one gold and one bronze. I have never seen or held in my hand an authentic Olympic Medal. The medals are thicker than I imagined, just seeing them only on television. Alas, the gold medal was only plated.
I had the temerity to ask her about the diamond bracelet on her left wrist. She laughed and with her right thumb pulled on the diamond bracelet. It was twisted around her wrist with an elastic band. She smiled saying, it is not real, “It is only paste, I never wear good jewelry, when I’m on tour.” I was completely fooled.
This incident took me back immediately to a short story by Guy De Maupassant called, “The Diamond Necklace”, that I read in Junior High School. The story tells of a woman who borrows a necklace from a rich lady. Somehow, she loses the expensive piece of jewelry. She spends her whole life working to pay back “The Diamond Necklace,” only to find it was worthless paste.
“All that glitters is not gold” is a lesson worth following. It will save you money, worry, time and embarrassment.