This is Robert (left) and Josh (right). I met them while out for a walk at the elementary school I long ago attended. They were hanging out. I spotted Josh’s substantial silver figaro chain resting on his neck, as I approached, and thus a conversation was struck up.
Josh received the necklace when he was just 4 years old, from an uncle who died shortly afterwards, so it has a lot of meaning for him. I love the balance between this significant piece and his decidedly casual attire.
These guys were really open and friendly. Robert has photography experience, and offered his recommendation for a place nearby great for catching spectacular sunrises and sunsets. We also chatted about school, as they’re getting ready to head to high school next year.
Approaching strangers for Everyday Adornment Matters pushes me a bit out of my comfort zone. It also reminds me of my parents, both of whom knew everyone and were really gifted conversationalists. I’m not sure if this affability is particularly Midwestern, or whether it is generational. I know I don’t see it as much as I used to. But I’ll take a real conversation over a Facebook-anything any day of the week.