Nature Sure is a Shell Raiser
I have this shell obsession. Well, not just shells but rocks too. (No! Don’t leave yet!)
They are all so fascinating–the different shapes, the colors, the sizes.
Upon spotting shells, I am always inspired to use them in some future creative endeavor, but . . .
they sit on shelves or in bowls or tiny ledges (or in boxes) in the house because putting glue on them or painting them seems somehow terribly wrong . . . I just want to possess them.
And then I recall the physiology of the shell; it’s more complicated than you know. Its skeleton providing calcified protection,
a movable house of sorts for some,
a veritable seafood combination for other sea creatures . . .
Its color depends on its diet.
And it’s for these reasons that I return them to the ocean, a shell seeker no more. Perhaps one day you will admire the same shell and convey it to the ocean where it belongs. They aren’t ours to possess.
©Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.
Quote of the Day for YOU: I have a large sea shell collection which I keep scattered on beaches all over the world. Maybe you’ve seen it. ~Stephen Wright