Reimagined Components: 1970s old-school Coca-Cola bottle with cherry and lightning bolt charms strung on a 24'' 4mm braided brass rope chain
1888's Take: Finding the romance in remembering our previous selves, celebrating the stories and components of our past, and smiling at the memories that are as sweet as sugar. This combination brings it back to a time of pure, perhaps naïve, happiness.
Among the top few leading brands of the entire world, Coca-Cola was introduced to the public in 1886 ironically as a medicinal elixir. Inventor John Pemberton claimed the drink as a cure to many health conditions including morphine addiction, indigestion, nerve disorders, headaches and impotence. As we are now all aware of the harmful health effects that Coke products embody, some of us can't deny the joyous nostalgia that a classic bottle of Coca-Cola brings to the heart. The memory of mindlessly enjoying this sweet beverage as a happy child in the summertime, or imagining our grandparents drink the same beloved recipe when they were kids as well... the brand has steadily kept its reputation as a staple in our culture and kitchen cabinets for over a century. It reminds me that some things in life deserve to be enjoyed in moderation when striking such a heart-felt, reminiscent cord of our past.
The smallest of the stone fruits, the cherry most often comes in pairs. Perhaps not surprisingly, it can be used as a potent symbol of partnership, especially the intimate kind. Its deep red and sweet juice holds the same kind of romance one may find staring into a glass of dark red wine.
“The sharp crackle and hiss of a lightning strike, and the great rumble and overtaking boom of its proceeding thunder holds a special place in my heart…I remember hiding from an August storm in an old metal drainage tube with my first love when we were just kids, watching the bluish-purple and hot white bolts of lightning slam down into the earth…. counting the seconds between the flash and the drawn-out rumble of its thunder…this would tell us how far away the storm was…at first, there was about 3 seconds between strike and sound, meaning the storm about was about three miles away…the shorter the space between the bolt and crash, the closer it was! Eventually, it was right on top of us…the rain pelting the metal pipe that we were hiding in with a frantic excitement…my heart beat fast and hard and I felt like I could feel a rushing pulse in her hands as we clasped tightly to each other. Eventually, the storm passed and I walked her home…giving her what I would find out later was her very first kiss, then I said goodnight and walked home over the wet grass.”
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