And I wanted to post it because I was playing famous magazine photographer and liked it.
In this jar you will see mussel shells, of which there are millions attached to every rock and piling and jetty and anything else that the tide covers. There are also white cockle and clam shells that are common on sandy beaches. In the forest we found the tiny little pine cone looking seed pods and some very dry, straw-like pale green moss. When I first saw the moss in the forest I thought it was that excelsior stuff that used to be used for packing material. There's also some tiny bits of real Alaskan sand in there too!
One day, an old man planted a turnip and it grew and grew until it was enormous--so enormous in fact that when he tried to pull the turnip up, he couldn't get it out of the ground. So he had to call on his wife (the old woman), who called on her grandaughter, who called on the dog, who called on the cat. And there they were, all lined up, pulling for all they were worth to get that turnip out of the ground. (you do realize that I'm summarizing here, right?)
Then the cat called the mouse over to help (crazy mouse, you'd think he wouldn't trust the cat). But. The mouse took hold of the cat, who took hold of the dog, who took hold of..... clear up to the old man and they pulled and they pulled and they pulled until finally, with the help of the tiny mouse, the turnip came free from the ground.
And flew through the air and landed on the cow and killed her and they had no milk for the winter.
Ok. Not really.
And then the giant turnip was rotten and theyhad no food for the winter.
Not that ending either.
The lesson is that there is value in even the smallest and least among us.
Isn't that tiny, teensy little mouse cute?
And I'll quit posting Alaska stories.
Until I think of something else......