January 25, 2013

Sand dollar

January 25, 2013 Photo of the day: "Sand dollar"

I love seashells, especially sand dollars. 
I love their juxtaposition of simplicity and intricacy. 
If you look carefully, many patterns are revealed. 
When I returned from a trip to Florida in 7th grade 
with several of these flattened sea urchins, 
one of the Sisters who taught at my school 
told me about the legend of the sand dollar.

"There's a pretty little legend
that I would like to tell
of the birth and death of Jesus
found in this lowly shell.

If you examine closely, 
you'll see that you'll find here
four nail holes and a fifth one
made by a Roman's spear.

On one side the Easter lily,
its center is the star
that appeared unto the shepherds
to lead them from afar.

The Christmas poinsettia 
etched on the other side
reminds us of His birthday,
our happy Christmastide.

Now break the center open
and here you will release
the five white doves awaiting
to spread good will and peace.

This simple little symbol
God left for you and me
to help us spread his message
through all eternity."

 Apparently, there are several versions of this legend.
I love that profound beauty and meaning
can be found in the simplest of nature's creatures.

I also like dreaming of a beach vacation
during this bitterly cold weekend in Wisconsin!