Last week during my regular Wednesday fair, I was approached by a young man who worked for the Randolph paper. He looked like he was at the end of High School or the beginning of College.
He was super kind and he asked if he could interview me about some of my work that was on display that day.
He was drawn to Larimar and immediately began asking me questions about this stone and why it is my main focus for what I sell, and what I do.
I started by explaining to him what Larimar is and where it is found. He was mesmerized by the beauty and loved its story even more. As I was explaining what the blue calm stone promotes, he immediately made an important connection. "This seems like a unique stone," he said. I confirmed his observation.
I proceeded to tell him the reason I was connected to this stone. I gave him a bit of the history of the Dominican Republic and its animosity towards Haitian people. I explained to him that I am a Haitian woman and was never loved or respected in that country. I felt like a very unique individual, having to maneuver in a world that hated me because I was one shade darker, my hair was two curls curlier, and my parents didn't match my skin tone.
His eyes got real wide. It was as if something in his head "clicked." He realized that I grew up in a culture and an environment that was very racist towards me and so in order for me to survive the pain, I had to cling to something important; LARIMAR. And I did. Ever since I was real young, I found myself loving the stone. I even wrote my first book with the name of the stone in the title. Just about every bit of art I make, or piece of jewelry I put together, I try and include a bit of that unique beautiful stone whether it is in its entirety, a chip, a cobachon, or a curated piece. I make sure the unique blue stone that promotes calm, tranquility, and peace is part of each person's purchase at my booth, online, or in person!
The interviewer walked away with a new understanding of what it means to be unique and how we can find something that gives us strength to move forward.