This coming two week period will conclude a set of particularly Interesting Times for your correspondent. The beadwork from the last year and a half has rocked my world, and expanded my mind, and brought me into friendships with incredible people I might never have met. The extended time to the goal line has been difficult, you know, there is no doubt about what the extra six months cost, or how much I wish that Dustin hadn’t dropped off of the face of the planet. He’s a freaking genius! I miss him.
I’ll tell you, though, the only thing that has really been hard about the extra time has not been what it cost, it’s been people that I do not know, or barely know, being unpleasant about it online. I can only imagine how horrible it would be to be a celebrity- a read of the comments section to any online story is a shocking reminder of how people get when they can type something, instead of say it personally.
Do you know that Cate Jones, one of the astonishing people I might never have met if not for making this project, sent me the Pink Pinstripe Rufflecuff (above, lower right) as a gift? I wept when I opened the box, it was so beautiful, so kindly meant, so evocative of the beauty of the process of open sharing… I’ll be modelling it myself for the CGB Souvenir Calendar.
This swelling of the ranks, the extra attention, is wonderful (for the work) and terrible (for my head). Honestly, thousands of people are too many for me to answer to.
Let’s all be extra-pleasant on the Internets today to make up for the (I’m sure very small) subset of our fellow humans who seem to have a difficulty with it.