ENHANCED‘s Rejection N°2 arrived as a form email. It came from an agency in Colorado, so I thought it would be appropriate to focus on a meaningful creation that you might not consider classically “beautiful”.
In 1969, Jean-Marie Carroll, a UCSD junior who had been raised by his grandmother in Algeria, put the red bead on a string and made a present of it. It was the first piece of jewelry a guy ever gave me. I was a freshman at SDSU, and I was completely oblivious. He, on the other hand, is now all New-Agey and looks like Eugene Levy in A Mighty Wind.
During the ’70’s, a young woman named Liz strung the cylindrical beads on the leather lace, and attached it to an alligator clip. Yes, it was exactly what you’re thinking. We all shared a lot of things back then, and somehow, the clip became mine. Eventually, the leather broke up with the alligator, and rebounded to be repurposed into something I can use now that I’m no longer livin’ la vida loca.
Maybe not beautiful, but its story warms me.