We were in china walking down a very wide open boulevard, with tiles half done and the area empty of people when on the corner of the path stood a Buddhist monk. We had been in this city, visiting my brother-in-law and his girlfriend who were teaching English there, for a few days and we had not seen any monks. We were walking to meet my brother-in-law and his girlfriend. When we told her what happened she said she had never seen a monk in all the months that she lived in this city.
As we were walking I was carrying my son, who was 15 months. The monk had a giant smile and loved connecting with him. Early on the trip I bought a necklace that was a simple glass image of kuan yin, which I was wearing. I showed the monk my necklace and he laughed and got more excited. He then took off his plastic Buddhist necklace and gave it to my son. At the same time he also took off his beaded prayer bracelet and gave that to me. ( A year later I took that bracelet apart and put some of the beads into a necklace for my now sister-in-law, who was my brother-in-law’s girlfriend at that time. ) At the same time that we were connecting a couple of older women came to join us because of our cute little baby. The monk and the women had a lovely conversation about us and he then pointed out my necklace to the woman, which made them excited as well.
So I had the Buddhist pendant that I wanted to put on a necklace for my son one day but I didn’t know when that would occur. I made him a necklace in the past asking what colour he wanted and then I created it for him by myself but in the end he didn’t like it so I took it apart.
This time the two of us sat together with the gemstones and he chose the stones as they went on the strings. He played Lego while I worked on the necklace for him but he was still telling me what he wanted on it. He insist that the Buddhist pendant and the turtle pendant be on there. I enjoyed creating this piece for him. The stones he chose I thought were rather interesting, like the black lava stones. He said the turtle necklace made him think of the ninja turtles.