Modern Family’s Ariel Winter and I met last summer at the DPA Emmy Gift Suite in Hollywood.  It was a poignant meeting as her grandmother had just died and she was bravely showing up with her sister.

Ariel Winter with a Jizo swag bag

When I began to talk about Jizo and how Chibi is held safely, she got teary and told me how sad she was.  (Yes, I am a psychotherapist even when gifting people with my jewelry.)

I gave her a Jizo to wear, to give her solace in her grief.  When we met again in January at the Golden Globes Gift Suite, she recalled that day and told her mom about it.  She told me that it had been a helpful talisman.

Ariel Winter of ABC's Modern Family with Valerie Johns at the Jizo and Chibi Pre-Emmy Gift Suite

Ariel Winter holding our limited edition Buddha art photo

When I first drew the Jizo that became the inspiration for my pendants, my husband urged me to make the design into jewelry so that I could help more than the 20 patients I see each week.  I know, for sure, that I have helped more than one.  Ariel’s assurance that Jizo had been a presence for her, well, that’s why we’re here: Jizo, Chibi & me.

 

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