So…I’m not exactly sure how this happened, but within the last two weeks, I’ve accumulated a decent sized lapel pin collection. Over Black Friday I bought some nice clothes, then I saw a picture of one of my best friends wearing a lapel pin, then I bought a nice jacket, then I got some Christmas money, and now I own eight lapel pins.
…I have a problem…
But, since I’ve got them, I figured that I might as well show you each of them and explain why I got them.
1. The American Flag
A classic lapel pin. I bought this one because I know that sooner or later I’ll find myself in a situation where it is considered proper or necessary to wear one. It’s probably not something I’ll wear in casual settings, but I really like how sharp it looks.
2. The Flag of Trinidad and Tobago
This one is very special to me. Both of my parents are from Trinidad & Tobago, and in addition to being blessed to be a citizen of the United States, I also have Trinidadian citizenship. I think that my Trini heritage started becoming more important to me after my family took a trip to Trinidad & Tobago in 2017. According to the official website of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, this is the meaning of the flag:
“Red is the colour most expressive of our country. It represents the vitality of the land and its people; it is the warmth and energy of the sun, the courage and friendliness of the people.
White is the sea by which these lands are bound: the cradle of our heritage; the purity of our aspirations and the equality of all men and women under the sun.
The Black represents for us the dedication of the people joined together by one strong bond. It is the colour of strength, of unity, of purpose and of the wealth of the land.
The colours chosen represent the elements Earth, Water and Fire which encompass all our past, present and future and inspire us as one united, vital, free and dedicated people.”
3. The Vatican Flag
My Catholic Faith is also very important to me. I’ve been Catholic my whole life and working with the Church has been a pretty big part of my life. Whether being an altar server, teaching religious ed, volunteering with youth group, or my current job with St. Mary University Parish, my Faith is a big part of who I am. So I thought that it would be a good idea to grab a pin of the flag of Vatican City. I like how it looks and how you can see the coat of arms on the white side.
4. The Flying C
I graduated from Central Michigan University on December 16th, 2018. I picked up this pin from the CMU Bookstore so that I could show where I earned my degree. They also have a nice pin of the University’s seal, so I might pick up one of those later (but this one was less expensive).
5. The Heart Pin
This is the only pin that I did not purchase. I found this pin while I was going through some old bags of stuff that I haven’t looked at in a long time. I don’t remember where I got it from, but it was attached to a small white card with this quote from St. Bernadette Soubirous: “Love overcomes, love delights, those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice.”
I don’t really want to call it a Sacred Heart pin, since it’s just a heart and doesn’t include any of the elements that distinguish the Sacred Heart of Jesus, i.e. the Crown of Thorns, the Cross, the Flames, or the Bleeding Wound.
6. The Avocado Pin
Okay, we’re starting to get into the pins that are just for fun. The simple truth is that I really like avocados. And I thought that it would be a good idea to get an avocado pin so that I can express that. I think it looks nice.
7. The Pineapple Pin
My roommate and I just recently finished watching all eight seasons of Psych together, and we also bought and watched Psych: The Movie. If you’ve ever seen Psych, you’ll know that the pineapple is a huge part of the culture surrounding the show. In the pilot episode, actor James Roday decides on the fly to grab a pineapple off of the fridge and ask his co-star Dulé Hill, “Should I slice this up for the road?” When that clip made the final cut, it became an inside joke for the team to find ways to include pineapples in the episodes. I’m definitely going to find opportunities to quote the show while wearing this pin.
8. The Tyrannosaurus Power Coin Pin
Ok, this might sound corny, but the Power Rangers were a huge part of my life growing up. I loved the TV shows, the action figures, everything. It was all so cool to me and in my mind I can imagine just how cool the show could be if the right person upgraded it from a low-budget kids TV show (some of the newer seasons have been really bad) to a real series or movie. I saw the remake in theaters and it was ok, but they really could have done a better job.
Anyways, that brings me to this pin. I’m going to let a little bit of my inner nerd show here. In the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) each ranger drew his or her powers from a Power Coin that was based on a prehistoric animal. The original Red Power Ranger’s powers were based on the Tyrannosaurus Rex. This pin is a miniature version of the T-Rex power coin that granted the first Red Ranger, Jason Scott, access to his powers.
I like this pin because it is connected to a big part of my childhood, but it isn’t loud or obnoxious. The design is very detailed, but it doesn’t scream POWER RANGERS! with bright, multi-colored, flashing lights. It’s actually something that I could wear in public.
So, those are the pins that I’ve got. I may buy some more later, but for now I’ve spent enough money on lapel pins. If you have any interesting or unique pins I’d love to hear about them.