No Stone Left Unturned

I’ve never been much of a collector, but I do have some Battersea boxes, most of which were given to me as gifts. One–my first–has a single rose on it with the words “I Love You.” Another depicts a hot air balloon, and others are part of a Christmas series, with consecutive years on them.

I don’t understand people who collect butterflies; their beauty is evident, but the lack of life seems terribly sad to me. And rocks?  For one thing, they’re heavy, unless we’re talking pebble. For another, I haven’t found one as beautiful as a Battersea box or a butterfly.

At least that’s what I thought until I saw the rocks on the beach at Esposende, Portugal last Wednesday. They are smooth and lovely, many with rings and bands like so many mini-Jupiters.

Esposende Rocks Closeup

I’m not the only one who was intrigued, although Carson may have viewed them as unusual baked potatoes with sea salt.

Esposende Pup with Rocks

I picked up a stone and slipped it into my pocket, a small treasure to remember the moment. It was then I recalled the Pet Rock craze of decades ago. I had one, ensconced in its little box. I suppose it was all about having responsibility that really was not much of a responsibility, which was just what I was looking for in my twenties.

Since then I’ve had a great deal of responsibility. Sometimes I’ve succeeded and sometimes I’ve failed. But this past week, as the season of Lent began, I was reminded of He who never fails, and stone could not contain, a Rock on which I can eternally depend.

Esposende Sunset

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About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle (amzn.to/1RtRBwp) and print (amzn.to/1OiGlUU) versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at www.triciapimental.com and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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6 Responses to No Stone Left Unturned

  1. Shelly says:

    Well said…amen. xoxoS

  2. weldontravis says:

    Beautiful, thoughtful and revealing . . . Weldon

    On Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:26:25 +0000 Notes from a Movable Marriage writes: triciapimental posted: “I’ve never been much of a collector, but I do have some Battersea boxes, most of which were given to me as gifts. One–my first–has a single rose on it with the words “I Love You.” Another depicts a hot air balloon, and others are part of a Christmas ser”

  3. Lynne Baker says:

    Gorgeous and beautiful and eloquent!

    Love you, mon amie,

    Lynner

  4. So blessed to be able to see what I see. (N’est-ce pas?)

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