Observations from the
"other side of
the bead bins"
Over the years, volunteers and
ambassadors have attended many special
events, shows and festivals to display the Neverending Necklace and let
people choose beads for dedications.
Each and every single bead that was
added to the necklace is very special to us, as it has its own meaning to
those who dedicated it.
When digging around in the bead bins in
search for their beads, sometimes people can get overcome with sadness for
a recently deceased loved one. Often they will share memories about that
person and the wonderful relationship they had, and we feel privileged to
be entrusted with such sincere emotions. Not always do we find the right
words of comfort on the spur of the moment, but we promise that these beads
and their stories are in good hands and always thought of in a loving way.
The blurbs below do not include these very
private moments of grief, but rather those who may inspire or amuse. To
respect people's privacy you won't find links to the dedicated beads in these
Everybody is all
smiles when they dedicate beads. Mostly.
The Down The Street Bead Show
Beach Gardens, Florida
A young couple and their daughter were
visiting our booth, and the parents were very supportive in having their
little girl dedicate beads. She searched the bins carefully for the right
ones and came up with an entire hand full of beads she wanted to dedicate.
When asked who she would like to
dedicate her beads to, the parents looked at each other and glanced at their young
daughter with loving expectation.
The little girl thought for a while. And
she thought very long and really hard as she had this important decision
After some time had passed, her father
prompted her: "Well, who do you love the most that you would like to
dedicate the beads to?"
Then, in her own cheerful innocence, she
uttered two words: "My cat."
Jupiter Lanes in Jupiter, Florida
After explaining the dedication process to
a visiting couple, the lady thought for about five seconds and then
spontaneously had us cut off her bracelet to use its beads for the
dedications to her grandkids.
She proceeded to tell us about the grandkids who
live in China, and her bracelet was made from beads with a Chinese theme
and Chinese Calligraphy.
She wanted to make a meaningful connection,
so a part of her own jewelry would become her grandchildren's place on the
Pineapple Grove Bed Race
A mother and her pre-school aged daughter
were stopping by the Love & Peace Project booth. The mother allowed her girl
to add a bead to the necklace. She bent
down to her daughter and said: "now go ahead and choose any bead you
like". After sorting through the bins and looking at all the different
beads, the little girl picks a red airplane.
Beamingly, she was about to hand her
precious find over to be added, when her mother said: "oh no, you can't
have an airplane - that's for boys..."
Needless to say, our hearts sank and we
only could watch in silence as the girl reluctantly made a new choice to find her
By now, you have probably already figured out
the moral of this story for yourself, so to add anything else would be
One Stop Holiday Shop
in West Palm
One of the first memories of people
dedicating beads is that of a little girl of about eight years of age. The
adult accompanying her let her choose one bead and dedicate it to someone
Not hesitating for one moment, the girl
said in a very determined voice: "I'd like to dedicate the bead to my
teacher. She is so nice."
A very special moment of recognition
indeed. Teachers do have a lasting impact on our lives in so many ways,
and we will never forget the love that this girl had for her teacher.