The Suitcase Lady


July 7, 2015, 7:01 pm

A dear friend just gave us a marvelous present. It weighed five pounds and was in a plastic bag secured with a twisty tie. Our gift was a bag of sand.

Many of you know that my husband and I live on a beach. We have tons of sand in our front yard, 150 feet of sandy beach and a 70 foot high sandy cliff. Isn’t giving us sand akin to giving Eskimos ice?

Good friends know each other well, and our friend knows that we are sand connoisseurs. We feel that every beach is unique and every beach is worth exploring. So a present of Sanibel sand, the Cadillac of sand, was a treat. We were as happy as kids with a new sandbox.

Since Sanibel Island is among the world’s top shell beaches, we knew that our sand held treasures. Here’s what we found when we got out the sifter.

For anyone who finds this all unecological, relax. Sand is just little itty bitty rocks, and as part of the rock cycle it is constantly moving and changing. Shells (many of which turn into sedimentary rocks) are a renewvable resource. Consult a mollusk if you are in doubt.


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