Friday, December 31, 2010

Bead Connections

pendant by sculptedwindows
I talked a little last week about how beads seem to connect people.
This week I had the most wonderful proof of that ! My mailman delivered a surprise package.Inside was a gift from someone who has been buying my beads for years.Our acquaintance began as buyer/seller . However,we have become cyber -friends.When she was blogging (I wish she still had time to!)I faithfully read her blog.I think she usually reads mine ; )   I found we had more than just beads in common.My friend Cathryn cares for many cats including a feral colony. I work for a veterinarian center that endeavors to find forever homes for  the various kittens and older cats that happen on our door step.So I suppose you could say we have a bead /fur friendship!!! But, when I opened my gift I realized it was much more.

Cathryn had sent me the gorgeous necklace and earring set in these photos . She said it reminded her of me . She knew from my blogs and bead designs I LOVE all things ocean .
But ,here's what's  amazing. I have not shared here or anywhere on line that in November my family lost a beloved member.
My ex-husband Ron,died very suddenly and completely unexpectedly .We were married for 13 years.We have two wonderful children ,two  grandchildren and are expecting a new grandchild in March.We remained  close friends for 46 years.I am still coping with my personal loss.And I am dealing with the grief of my children ,grandchildren  and mutual friends.Most holidays were spent together at our daughter's home.This Christmas was a very hard one for us all. Ron also loved everything ocean .On my daughter's tree we hung a "remembrance ornament " , a shell exactly like the one on the necklace ! Any "just because" gift is a true treasure.Cathryn's kind gesture helped my heart to heal a bit.Her caring gift arrived  just when it was most needed.
The connection that made her send something so special just when I  needed it is amazing enough.
But ,that's not all ! I was very impressed by the work of the Kristie Lou Brigham who made the very  unique pendant .
I hurried  to look at  her blog and  on-line shops!
Beyond amazing !!!!! Kristie donates part of the sale of pendants like mine, to the Turtle Hospital in the Florida  Keys!!! I visit that very Hospital every year when I go to scuba dive !!! In fact, my younger daughter is considering applying for a job there when she graduates from  college in the spring !!! 

Some of you may think that what I perceive as bead connections, are mere coincidences . But ,I believe that when we create things with our hands we put a bit of ourselves into each item .As our creations move on to other hands a bit of our energy goes with  them .

I really have no words to explain how deeply I  have been touched by Cathryn's gift .
All I can say is 
Cathryn ,I thank you from the very  depths of my heart .

as the New Year begins....
take a moment to enjoy more of  the Beautiful Art of Kristie Lou Brigham
she creates wonderful clay faces and  fabulous wire wrapped pieces !!!
be sure to  visit the Turtle hospital blog to see what wonderful work they do
and of course ...
Bead Happy !!!!

1 comment:

  1. Mary Ellen, this was very touching and very special. You've left an indelible footprint on my soul. Thank you.