The kids are on spring break this week and Tuesday was a gorgeous gorgeous day. They played outside in the morning, and then made themselves a picnic. As far as I could tell, the picnic consisted mostly of bacon and was shared equally between the kids, the dog and the cat.
I’ve asked them several times in the last few weeks to pick up sticks under our trees so we could burn them. Finally I insisted that they get it done. So we spent an hour or so picking up the bigger branches and making a pile out in the field. Then, not for the first time, we were distracted by shiny things.
In the field near our back door is an area that once must have taken the place of our weekly garbage pick up. It’s got pieces of tile, random bits of brick, broken up cement block that looks like it once was the foundation of something, and shards of pottery that make me feel like an archeologist. In amongst it all, there are lots of pieces of glass. We spent over an hour hunched over looking at the ground, occasionally performing spontaneous happy dances when we found an especially pretty piece. Anyone driving by must have wondered what on earth we were doing.
We have a family friend with a beachside cottage. She has a small dish with pieces of sea glass that she’s found over the years. Those pieces are frosted from the sand and all the edges are gently rounded. These are still sharp and jagged although I imagine some of them were in the field for decades before we pulled them out. SNL and the shards ‘o glass gift for children kept running through my head. Still, in the right light (and with a good scrubbing) they’re quite pretty.
I also found this little marble, stuck the roots of a corn stalk. I have no idea how long it’s been out there. I checked with Dad, he says it’s not his. I think it must be older, it’s not really round and it’s got little air bubbles in it. But I don’t really know that much about marbles so it’s just a guess. I suppose I should just look around for someone who looks like they might be missing a marble or two and ask if it might be theirs.