Listen

8.21.2011

I remember when I was a child, my dad telling me to pick up a shell like this and listen. I was so surprised to hear the ocean.

 
I lived many years as a child pretty close to the ocean and we went quite often.

 I learned to swim very early and have always loved it. I have not been to the beach in a couple of years now and truly miss it. Haven't been swimming either.

 
I found this shell at an antique shop the other day and went ahead and purchased it since I can't go to the beach and find them myself. It was six dollars which really wasn't bad and it has so much character. I love the coloration inside and the pits and barnacles on the outside. 

 I had this stack of books already on my coffee table and then realized the shell was kind of picking up the theme on the cover. I added my dried seaweed alongside.

 Thought I would share these before summer ends. At least I can dream about the beach.




Take time today to listen.

28 comments:

  1. My friend gave me a box of real shells, when we met for a class lunch, last month. I am certainly enjoying them!

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  2. Hi Kim
    Such a Lovely shell......and if you find it ...it´s more luck I guess :)
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  3. I remember that also...holding a shell to my ear and hearing the ocean:-) Your shells are gorgeous and you chose a perfect spot to display them.

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  4. I'm thinkin' you better be able to hear a symphony in that one! LOL! Yours looks pefect... as always! blessings ~ tanna

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  5. Kim I have found a couple of large shells at the thrifts this year and need to make an end of summer display also. I miss the beach and like you haven't been in a couple of years. I can't believe the price of that other one...crazy! Have a great Sunday.

    Linda

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  6. Your funny Kim must be the one form the Coast of France(the french riviera) LOL....

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  7. Shell-gathering is one of my favorite pastimes. I use shells as place cards, as table decoration and as garden 'brighteners' - the white of the shells peeking out of a dark corner draws the eye.

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  8. I am not sure what it is about shells, but, we are all drawn to them. They just have that simple beauty that only nature can deliver. They seem to fit in, in any style home or decor. Thanks for sharing. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  9. $59 for a shell? Yikes, I'm in the wrong business. Your display is beautiful. I live in Central Florida and still never get to the beach much. What a shame!

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  10. I love that memory of "hearing the ocean in a shell". I wonder if I shared that one with my kids. Good find, though. It's hard to find beautiful shells like this on California beaches, these days. Not sure why.

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  11. Kim that is so sweet and what a fond memory. I recall when I was a kid doing the same thing. Pretty shell indeed.

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  12. I always put them to my ear too! I have now taught Jemma to do that and she thinks it is the neatest thing. Your shell is beautiful and is perfect on your book!

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  13. Nice post Kim! I love to listen to shells. When I was student teaching I took shells in for the kindergarten and the kids all gave this a try and they adored it. Lots of smiles! Their teacher really enjoyed it to. We got great pictures of the kids faces.:)
    Sherry

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  14. I have a shell that I found on the beach when I lived in Florida. Just the top was sticking up in the sand. Usually, when you dug them up, they would be broken, but this one was whole and beautiful. It sits on my dresser in my bedroom next to the coral my Mom and Dad brought back from Hawaii in the 60's when it was allowed.

    Love your shell....and of course you know I have that same book-lol.

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  15. Beautiful shell, it looks wonderful on your coffee table. I love to hear the sounds and would love to be at the beach. Hugs, Marty

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  16. Lovely post. I have the same childhood memories as you! I too miss the beach. I have some of these shells in my guest bath! Love them.

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  17. Nothing is better than the sound of the ocean - even if it comes from a shell. Lovely post!!

    xxoo

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  18. $59 on sale from $100? I'm now wondering if I should sell all the beautiful, weathered conk shells my family and I found/"caught" over the years on our many beach trips ... hummmmmmm ... nope ~ the memories are more important than the money! But I love yours on your book ~ you have such a natural way of making everything beautiful and perfect!

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  19. Love your vignette, Kim...really does remind me of the ocean! $59 for a shell (on sale!)...I think someone has too much expendable money...

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  20. I love the ocean. We are lucky to have a house we can use that is owned by my hubby's parents so we go about 4 times a year. I feel restored when I get there. I love your shells and all the lovely blues in your photos.

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  21. Awesome reminder for all of us to listen!! We get so busy with talking that we sometimes forget to listen. Love your shells, don't want to take mine done but it's that time.
    Have a great week

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  22. Great shell and I love the way you displayed it.

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  23. I saw that OKL shell today and had the same reaction you had. Joe bought me two huge fish bowls full of various shells yesterday, some of them quite valuable. All for twelve dollars. And some real coral was in there.

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  24. Being a shell loving girl - I don't blame you for buying this shell. I would have too! It is so pretty - and looks great displayed on your table.

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  25. What a beautiful memory! I've always been a tell it like it is kind of parent and cringed a bit when the hubs told the kids to "listen to the ocean," but didn't want to destroy the childhood wonder.

    Hearing your memories of beachcombing with your dad reinforces that it was the right thing not to jump in and say, "actually you're hearing the blood rush through your ear magnified by the shape of the shell." Those childhood moments of wonder and magic are the things you build a life on. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. I remember listening to the ocean too. Looks great on top of your books!

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  27. I love everything in your display! I would feel right at home! ♥

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  28. What a wonderful display. The shell was worth it. I can't find shell like that here so I would have bought it too! Love the piece of seaweed. I've never seen it before. Do you remember where you bought it?

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