Almost every morning, Sassy and I go out for a walk along the beach. Turns out, that is an excellent way to start a day!
We come across a handful of people out with their metal detectors, looking for lost treasure. Sassy was really envious of the people with them. Especially when she saw them sifting through the sand. “Look mama! They found something! A treasure! I wish I had a treasure finding machine! Then I could find treasure too!” The day we saw a little boy with a little metal detector, it almost sent her over the edge.
That was the day I happened upon a gold seashell.
“Sassy! Do you know what this is?!”
“No mama. What is it? It’s so shiny!”
“This is part of the lost city of Atlantis! See how it’s so gold? They say the streets are lined with golden shells, this must have been a part of it! And sometimes the tides wash away parts of the city, and they end up here on the beach for lucky people to find!”
“Mama! It’s a treasure!”
“A very rare treasure, Sassy. It’s not every day you find pieces of the lost city.”
“Mama, is that the city where all the things we lose show up? Is that why it’s lost?”
I laughed, because I hadn’t thought about it that way. But, sounded good to me.
“Absolutely. Maybe the same time you found this golden shell, a little girl in the lost city of Atlantis found one of your lost littlest pet shop animals!”
She thought about that for a while, clutching on to the golden shell.
And then we found a sand dollar:
“Ooooh! Sassy! This is what they use as money in Atlantis! We found more treasure!”
It wasn’t long before she’d filled up one of her blue sandcastle building buckets with all sorts of seashells.
A successful morning for finding pretty shells.
On our way back to the RV, as we passed another man with a metal detector, Sassy pulled on my hand and said, “Mama, I don’t need a metal detector to find treasure. I can just use my eyes!!!”
And that is how finding a golden shell went from a normal thing to part of a legend of Atlantis and then to a reminder that we all have treasure detectors. It’s just remembering to use them to find the good things all around us. That’s the trick.
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