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Give Away: A Seashell from Last Summer
Giving people you like a seashell—especially one that's been pearlized by the waves and softened to a rainbow of grays—makes them remember how amazing these little slippers of calcium are, even the nonexotic ones that don't come from Thailand and are just lying around on the New Jersey beach you went to a for a week with your family. What it also does is remind them of all the other wondrous overlooked tokens of the natural world that so many of us rush by: the acorns, the dandelions, the small rocks with three different layers of colors. Which makes them stop, pick them up and pass them on to somebody else.