Have you ever in your life met a person and known right from the start that you could be the best of friends. It wouldn't matter that the person was half your age or twice your age. Your had so many areas of common interest and you knew that you both could learn so much from each other.
I had that experience the first time I met this wonderful woman that I went to visit at Lake Huron in August. When I entered into her home my first impressions were immediately confirmed when I my eyes were immediately entertained with all manner of trays of stones and fossils, paintings of lake stones , shells and the most wonderful nature books.
She even had a fossil of a sea scorpion and a very old and beautiful book called The Universe, the infinitely great and the infinitely small. I listened to her rock collecting stories with great genuine enthusiasm. She told me how she would deal with her desire to go shopping by instead walking up and down the pristine beach in front of the home she and her late husband built searching for treasures. The shore of the lake did not disappoint her. She also described how there were times she could hear the lake throwing stones up onto the sandy beach as if to say here look at this one. At different times and years, completely different treasures would surface.
At her home she handed out some bags to my daughter and I and asked us if we wanted to go "shopping". Of course we did.
The brachiopod was my favorite find but I really think all these stones and fossils are so inspiring. I might try to use this as I prepare some fabric for indigo dyeing in the course I am taking.
I apologize for the heaviness of this post:)