Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Say It With Junonias

When you need to tell that special someone I Love You, commercials have urged us to "Say it with Flowers". What woman doesn't enjoy getting flowers from her honey especially if they take the Walmart sticker off first. (my hubby's last faux pas).  Most hubands & boyfriends struggle when it comes to that special gift for their beloved. I know for me it's never about the cost of a gift. It is the amount of thought put into the gift. And who doesn't love those spontaneous gifts that have nothing to do with our birthday, anniversary, or Christmas.
Ken & Jody just moved to Florida from Ohio

Meet Ken & Jody.  They moved from cold & snowy Ohio because they love the beach. They were in Florida exactly one week still house & job hunting when Ken found a "pretty shell" on the beach. He was out by Sharky's on Venice Beach swimming on the sandbar and found a "pretty shell" while he was digging in the sandbar.  Ken gave it to Jody because she loves the beach, she loves shells & she loves Ken for bringing her the "pretty shell". End of story.
Sharky's beach by the Venice fishing pier

 Not.  I meet Jody and we are having some friendly conversation. Her family is new at my church so we were just chit-chatting about things - family, weather, and oh you like the beach too. I show Jody the Sanibel vacation pictures on my phone. Jody sees the picture of my friend Rhonda (Shellbelle) holding a junonia in a store  (not one she found). Jody says "What's that one called? I have one of those". 

Now, I'm remaining polite because I'm thinking - No Way - you do not.  You are from Ohio. You just moved here. You have to pay some dues for one of these babies! I calmly say "Are you sure? Because only 1 out of every 1,000 shellers ever find one. I have been looking for 20 years and have not found one". I'm thinking she confused it with an alphabet cone or something else brown & speckled. "No I have one just like that" Jody says. Well she does and it is a beautiful specimen.
Jody with her prized Junonia  (now that she knows it's more than a "pretty shell")
An almost perfect shell. A tiny bit of the tip is gone.
The colors are not faded at all. Just beautiful.

So here's to all the Ken's in the world who find a "pretty shell" and give it as a token of their love to their wife. Yes, I went to Sanibel on Monday. I had just worked 7 days straight. I got home at 10pm Sunday night and set my alarm for 3:30 am. I drove 2 hours south in the 41 degree freezing cold to Blind Pass on Captive to the shell pile. I hit the beach before sunrise with a flashlight to see what I could find. Now,  to all the shell rookies of the world - this is how it's done. I found a junonia....piece.  Some of us get them all at once.  Others of us get ours one piece at a time.

My Junonia