What caught my eye about the plate that turned into this pendant was its small size, the sophistication of its edges, and its antiqued shine. Before I could break it and make it into something new and shiny my 4 year-old pinned a “note” to it that said I couldn’t break it because it was made in the woods by Rama and Sita during their exile. The good news is that some version of the story of Diwali is sinking in for him, and that the plate does indeed have a special pull to it. I broke a second plate, keeping the one he had connected to Rama and Sita intact. This pendant is a nod to the beauty that comes with retelling stories through the generations and the dignity that objects can absorb from the history we ascribe to them.