We try to get to the beach 4-5 times a year. Guaranteed activity while we are there will be a walk in the early morning and late afternoon. These walks are disguised as exercise but in reality are hunts for additional shells to add to our collections! I’m amazed that this particular beach has “seasons” for different types of shells that are washed ashore. Every three months or so, a different type of shell will be predominate.
While talking about shells with Cyndi on this trip our conversation turned to large shells. Cyndi reminisced about childhood when teachers would encourage us to use these large shells as gifts to parents for things like Mother’s Day, Christmas, etc. Our names would be written inside, along with the date and presented as an ashtray to one parent or the other. What in the world were our role models thinking?! Would your child’s teacher send home an ash tray today as a present? Times and culture change in dramatic ways over the years!