I was digging around in my oversized purse yesterday at work and found the stone pictured above.
Now when someone asks me, “What do you carry, rocks, in that thing?” I can answer, “Why, yes, I do!”
Seriously, I knew exactly where it came from. It was from a recent trip to the Jersey Shore. For some reason, when I find a nice, smooth stone in the sand, I have to pick it up. Several are in the bottom of my beach bag. I don’t know what I’ll do with them. I don’t know how this one manage to sneak into my everyday purse. But I’m glad it did.
At the risk of sounding like I should be on the A&E show “Hoarders,” I love keeping mementos from happy places and happy times. Here are some of the items currently residing in the front console of my car:
- A wooden keg bung (plug) from the Yuengling Brewery tour Mr. Dish and I took last year.
- An empty tube of bubbles from the send off at my cousin’s wedding.
- Several beach stones from N.J.
- A rock from Badlands National Park in South Dakota. We stopped there on our way out to Montana in 2005.
For the record, I know you’re not supposed to take rocks from the Badlands. I was going through a rebellious period. I consider it the coolest thing in my car, if it makes you feel any better.
Back to my purse-diving expedition… in the middle of my work day, the stone served a reminder of my upcoming mini-vaca. I think its home will be on my desk next to the pictures and thank you cards. All I need is a sling-shot and I’ll be set to defend myself against grumpy photographers!
What objects do you keep around to lift your spirits?