Friday, May 16, 2014
Some years ago I was a first grader in Naperville (IL) and I had this best girl neighborhood buddy. We would bike together, check the flowing stream at the back of our house and create imaginary characters out of cloud formations. At night, we’d simply lie on the roof and count the stars before our parents would call for us to snuggle in bed. We imagine we’d be together for the rest of our life. Until our family moved to Southeast Asia because my dad had to manage an offshore factory. My buddy and I were broken-hearted, of course; but I promised her I’d come back and marry her and give her a bamboo ring (it’s my childish idea that all things in Asia were made of bamboo). Did I make good of my promise? Yes and no. I married her years later. I plan to give her a John Hardy Bamboo themed bracelet this Christmas to fulfill the other half of my promise.
John Hardy is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.