Friday, 06 May 2011
The Stone Connection
By Mary B Summerlin who keeps a photostream at Flickr
My memory begins many, many years ago as I was thrown up on a rocky island beach. I was not alone - there were thousands and thousands of others. I was a big, rough, white stone.
I lay there as the waves washed over us - tumbling us about. The seasons came and went - came and went. I experienced calm sunny weather, rainy cold weather, and violent storms with thunder and lightning and driftwood pounding me!
One summer day, Mary and her friends were walking on the beach collecting shells and stones. Guess What?? I was selected! Mary carried me home and now I sit in a clear glass dish on a table in the living room.
My friends are other stones Mary has collected from all over. I am the small white smooth stone with a little indented place for her thumb. I feel very special when Mary holds me because she always smiles. I remind her of warm happy times on the island. I like that - it warms me too.
I get a first class view of what goes on in Mary's house - very interesting! I think the biggest danger is when the "li'l darlings" come to visit. That’s Erica and Meghan, the grandkids.
They are four and five years old. They're always so excited - full of ideas for me and games to play and stories to tell. Why, if Mary doesn't watch out I might end up under the couch - or who knows?
Friends come over - most can't resist touching me and my friends. They like to rattle us around and sometimes they just hold me or rub me or put me in a pocket. The feel of me seems to bring them comfort. I can usually tell if they're upset, anxious or just feeling good. Ha! You didn’t think I knew those things, did you?
I like it when Mary comes home with a new stone. We are all different - different colors, different sizes, different shapes and different textures.
That doesn't bother us - we are all friends! You know - human beings could learn from us.
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