11/29/09 Post #000 011
Robert W. Staton
Amazing things happen every day. Beads
#6384 through 6395 are dedicated to a remarkable man, Robert W. Staton. He
is one of those people who I admire most: they do great things instantly
and without fanfare, and without expecting any kind of reward.
It was yesterday, November 28, 2009, when
my husband and I attended the Palm Beach Steeplechase. Since we live in a
town with many equestrian sport events, we take the opportunity and go
watch them whenever we have a chance.
Before the races, we walked across the
infield to take in all the displays of cars, terrier races and businesses
there, when we spotted a jacket embroidered with "Shannon Hill Polo." Its
owner was Robert Staton, a friend of ours who comes to watch some Polo
games with us. We greeted each other and exchanged a few friendly words.
But I was somewhat touched by the name on
the jacket. As you may know,
Shannon Hill was a dear friend and the
world's finest glass bead maker, who passed away this year at a young 41
years of age. Shannon often had a show table next to the Neverending
Necklace, and one day he cheerfully donated his own glass beads to
dedicate them to his kids.
After the races, we happened to meet Robert
again, and I asked him where Shannon Hill Polo was. It is a Polo club in
southern New Jersey, which was unfamiliar with either my husband or I. I
also asked Robert if I could take a picture of the jacket and told him how
the name was reminding me of this outstanding glass artist. Robert then
spontaneously took off the jacket and presented it to me. I didn't want to
accept such a generous gift and tried to explain that I really just wanted
a picture for keepsake. But he wouldn't hear of it and insisted that I
keep the jacket for the memory of Shannon it represented to me.
Anyways, I got the photo, and for those of
you who knew Shannon - here it is.
Ingrid Webster, Love & Peace Project
Shannon, we'll always remember you!
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