I grew up in a very tight-knit family. My parents grew up in the same town and actually met for the first time when they were eight years old (they’ve been married for 51 years). Now if that is not pressure to find a soulmate, I don’t know what is.
When I was in third grade, I’d look around and wonder, where is he?
While I didn’t actually meet him until we were in our 20s, something I did when I was 12 put me on a trajectory to meeting the love of my life.
I had begun making jewelry as a young kid, particularly earrings ($6/pair and 2 for $10!). When I was 12, my mother started bringing me to local craft fairs to pedal my wares.
At one particular craft fair in Northport, NY, the town where I now reside, I met a three-year-old girl named Molly whom I fell in love with. her mother was there selling Discovery Toys, and I had a little dish of candy at my booth. She kept sneaking over, and of course we became buddies. By the time the craft fair was over, her mother asked me if I babysat.
And so began a lifelong friendship between two girls.
When I was 20, I decided to travel home from college in Massachusetts to go to this very same girl’s bat mitzvah. As I boarded my connecting bus in Hartford, Connecticut, I sat down in front of a guy I recognized from our high school but had never spoken to.
I decided I was going to ignore him and took my seat. One minute later I felt somebody tap me on the shoulder.
‘Didn’t you go to Huntington High School?’
And there went my quiet bus ride home. We began chatting and quickly learned that we were both going home for the same bat mitzvah. It turned out that my future husband’s mother and my little love, Molly’s mother were roommates in college and best friends to this day.
We talked, we danced, when Molly mentioned me in her speech and I started crying, he stole a tissue out of another woman’s purse and gave it to me.
We have been married for nearly eleven years, we have two amazingly adorable and energetic boys and we are loving our overwhelming and exhausting life as entrepreneurs!
Thank you for reading the much abridged version of how making and selling jewelry when I was twelve-years-old led me to meeting the love of my life.
How did you meet the love of your life?
I was inspired to add her to the collection because elephants are among the most compassionate creatures on our planet.
Rings of The Compassion Collection
Top row L to R: Rare needles blue agate heart, chrysocolla, laguna lace agate heart, lapis.
Middle row: Whitewater turquoise, white topaz and moonstone, chrysocolla and pyrite.
Bottom: Emerald and pyrite.
Compassionate Lotus Earrings & Necklace
Featuring the most incredible gem called vesuvianite - so named because it was discovered next to Mount Vesuvius.
PS The pieces are gorgeous!
A wonderful, heartwarming story, Kate. It’s bringing a smile to my face and a fullness to my heart. Thank you for sharing it.
Short story. Met the love of my life when he was dating my roomate (a different roomate). She broke up with him, I broke up with my guy and we hung out together trying to help each other mend our broken hearts. We healed and grew as a couple. Married almost 36 years. We have two beautiful, creative, loving daughters. You, my dear, brightened their lives in many loving ways over the years. I remember you encouraging them and singing to them, so sweetly. Get ready to sing to a little one again, sweet Kate.
I love your jewelry; I love your story; I love you!
LOVE all your lovely art jewelry. Especially the Compassionate Lotus earrings.