Is it weird that I pick up dead bugs? The guy in the parking lot thought so the other day as I almost tripped him to save this dead butterfly:
And then Brett found this in his truck yesterday, a dead dragonfly that I’d carefully wrapped up after finding him under a bench:
But seriously….the wings! Only about 2.5 inches long and such detail. I want to cut little tiny pieces of glass to fit all those little stained-glass windows.
I pick up little trinkets and treasures wherever I go. Feathers, shells, prickly things I can’t identify:
Treasures found and gifted:
Sometimes I find things in my path, like in the knothole of a tree, that I swear Boo Radley could have put there himself.
Speaking of To Kill a Mockingbird, I have Go Set a Watchman sitting here on a table but I just can’t bring myself to open it. I don’t know if I’ll ever read it.
We watched the TKAM movie a few months back and it was just as wonderful as I remembered it. I think one of the most beautiful parts of the TKAM movie…the beginning credits where the hands open the box of treasures and the child’s hand coloring:
And just because I like to make lists, here’s an inventory of things Jem and Scout found in the tree:
1. Chewing gum: Two pieces of chewing gum, wrappers removed. Fresh. Wrigley’s Double-Mint.
2. Pennies: 2 Indian head pennies dated 1906 and 1900. Found in a purple velvet ring box covered in shiny foil gum wrappers. They would be worth about $50 today.
“I don’t know, Scout. But these are important to somebody…”
“How’s that, Jem…?”
“Well, Indian-heads — well, they come from the Indians.
They’re real strong magic, they make you have good luck.
Not like fried chicken when you’re not lookin’ for it,
but things like long life ‘n’ good health, ‘n’ passin’ six-weeks test…
these are real valuable to somebody. I’m gonna put ’em in my trunk.” (Chapter 4)
3. String: A ball of grey twine. I’ve imagined it as the hardware store kind, used to tie up packages and newspapers.
4. Dolls: Two dolls whittled out of soap. The boy with unruly hair hanging down, wearing shorts. The girl with bangs, wearing a crude dress.
5. Gum: An entire pack this time. No more information other than that.
6. A medal: An old tarnished medal that would have been given out to spelling bee winners in Maycomb County elementary school. Atticus couldn’t recall the name of anyone he knew who had ever won one of those contests. Neither can I now that I think about it.
7. Pocketwatch: An old, broken pocket watch on a chain. The credits showed an old Ingersoll Yankee pocket watch. The minute and hour hand missing but “penciled” hands marking the time 1:53. (the Yankee watch was first manufactured in 1896 and was so successful that Ingersoll had to open up new plants just to keep up with production.)
8. Aluminum Knife: Found with the pocket watch.
And then there were no more gifts…the hole in the tree was filled up with cement.