Last minute packing for Scotland , looking for some special treasures to take for my students in the 'being (t)here' class...because each iteration must be fresh, with something new in it...
I refound the special treasure that I found in Scotland a few years back
somebody's Grannie's sewing box
full of magic pearly buttons,
a wee stripy stone
and one ancient Irish penny
that has itself become something of a talisman
despite (or perhaps because)
I nearly lost it the very first time I sat to sort those buttons. I'm careful not to leave that little treasure lying about. .
One past industry of NE Arkansas was that of the production of pearly buttons from native unionid mussels. In this old B&W photo button workers are sitting on a massive pile 😳 of discarded shell from which buttons have been produced. #mussels#musseldecline#pearlymussel#unionid#pearlybuttons