Jewelry & Rings

Trashy Glass




logoAn individual who can create something of beauty we would call artistic.  The one who can take an object that is unattractive, perhaps even ugly, and turn it into an object of beauty has found something of real value.   I would venture to say they have found a gift.

On a recent road trip I heard an interesting news story on the radio that not only captured my imagination but very much impressed me.  The lady being interviewed was walking along a beach with a news reporter.  Suddenly she interrupted the conversation and said, “Look there, do you see the red?”  She reached down and picked up a piece of red glass.  She then proceeded to describe the rich dark color, almost blood red.  “It is not transparent or clear red but almost opaque,” she remarks with some enthusiasm.  “That means it’s older perhaps from the late 40’s or early 50’s.  Perhaps, as a discarded medicine bottle or fragrance container.”  And, she adds, “it’s a good size or chunk.”  The reporter asks, “Is this a good find?”  She responds, “oh yes, this is just what I was searching for.”  “Broken glass?” the interviewer asks.  “Yes, isn’t it pretty,” she says.

On the broadcast I could hear the waves splashing against what I perceived to be rocks.  I could also hear the faint cries of seagulls as the lady described how the glass had been smoothed to some degree by nature’s restless waves tossing it against the rocky beach for who knows how many years.  She points to a small piece of blue glass that she walks toward.  “Another person’s trash is treasure to me.” she says.   “How?” the interviewer asks.  “I turn it into jewelry and sell it.”

As a listener I was taken by the enjoyment this lady had on her routine visits to the beach and how she not only helped clean up the beach but took joy in using it for her jewelry.  A simple thing turned into a good thing.  I think the Creator designed us to appreciate life this way.  Take joy in something right in front of you, even if it is as simple as picking up pieces of broken glass.  If a person can live life as this lady has learned to do, it reveals a sense of appreciation just for being alive. Her enjoyment of the dashes of color scattered along the beach moved me as a listener. This lady definitely has a touch of class.  “And look, there is a piece of green glass,” she says, “not a bad day, actually a very good day for the hunt.”

sea glass bunch

Footnote: It takes approximately 15 to 60 years, or in some cases a lifetime, of tumbling in the sea for the sand and forces of the waves to smooth out the sharp edges of glass.  

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