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My most prized possession of all are my 13/0 Charlotte cut seed beads. These rare and tiny beads may seem plain to the untrained eye, but to the aficionado they are discern able because of a single facet cut into them.

My most prized possession of all are my 13/0 Charlotte cut seed beads. These rare and tiny beads may seem plain to the untrained eye, but to the aficionado they are discern able because of a single facet cut into them. That single facet adds a million dollars worth of glamour to a finished piece that could normally come out looking like it was ‘Made in China’.

This weekend I came across a bead vendor who was selling 11/0 Charlottes! I’d heard of them before but always thought they were an urban bead legend. As a self-proclaimed bead hoarder when I saw them I started freaking out a little on the inside. I practically ran to the ATM machine and dropped forty bucks right there on 8 hanks of pretties to add to my collection.

When I got home the first thing I did was go up to my room, shut the door and pull out my bag of goodies. It was finally time to properly take in the beauty of my pearlescent ivory 11/0 Charlotte cut seed beads. As soon as I got those bad boys under good lighting and rested them across my hand, I took in the sparkle – geeking right out and totally satisfied.

Everybody should have a thing. My husband is a gamer. He has invested hours of research to find the best video card for his ‘gaming rig’ that will result in a better response time. Although I don’t exactly know what it means, I’ll go with him to the computer store and be dazzled together as the salesclerk hands over the video card and we take in the ‘sparkle’ so to speak.

It is so damn hard to get through the day to day things of life as a broke and grieved Rezbian. On top of daily load to bear, we carry along our collective historical trauma, getting sick, losing people you love along the way – you get the picture. It’s the struggle we all face, conforming to the standards of “society”. Doesn’t it make you want to break out and sing the theme song to Cheers?

[quote]Makin your way in the world today takes everything you got.
Taken a break from all your worries sure would help a lot.
Wouldn’t you like to get away?
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name.
And they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see
Our troubles are all the same.
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.[/quote]

Today I just want to put the world on pause and have respite. I don’t want to count calories, meet deadlines or break news. I want to splurge on myself and leave responsibility behind for a day. I want to drink a whole can of pop and eat pizza from La Nova in Buffalo. I want to read trashy magazines, make fun of celebrities and get a pedicure. I want to bead and talk about beads with other bead hoarders. I’m admitting I’ve officially hit the wall, and that’s okay.

Realistically I’m not gonna get my La Nova’s, and I’m okay with that. I think I have enough change kicking around to buy myself a whole can of pop though. For today that’s going to have to be enough. But when I get home from the store, I’m respectfully closing the door to my room to look at the sparkle of my Charlottes.

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Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow is Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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