Growing up, I went to one of the largest high schools in the country. My GRADUATING class had over 1300 kids and our school was separated into two campuses: Sachem South housed 9th and 10th grades, while Sachem North was home to the juniors and seniors.
Because there were so many students, it was difficult to get to know many very well. I had my group of friends and was then acquainted with, maybe, the 150 other kids or so, who were in my classes. You'd think that with so many people around, it would be easy to be a part of a big group, but the large number of kids actually made me feel rather isolated.
Thanks to Facebook, though, I've reconnected with many of those former acquaintances ... who've become actual friends! I've joked that I now have more high school friends than I did when I was in high school, but it's true! It's funny how things sometimes turn out.
Many of these old/new friends have been extremely supportive of my jewelry and writing ventures. Several have purchased pieces from me and have read my novel. I appreciate any support, but to get it from people who (barely) "knew me when" means so much. I never felt as if I were part of a community in our huge high school, but I do feel some of that now.
One of these friends is Andrea, who played flute with me in band. She purchased my copper wire wrapped mahogany marble necklace and was kind enough to model it for me:
I know she truly appreciates my work because her young daughter, Z, is an artist. Z makes amazing clay figurines and I can seriously see her designing creatures for a program that uses claymation. Since Andrea sees the work that her daughter puts into her art, she has an idea of what it takes for me to make my jewelry.
So, thank you, Andrea, for showing off my necklace. You look great!!!