Planning for our rendezvous on Cape Cod made me think about the summers we spent in the Outer Banks of North Carolina - with our kids, my brother's family, and my parents. Trying to capture that beach feeling, I pulled out one of many pairs of sea glass earrings I made over the years on those trips.
So what IS sea glass? It is pieces of broken glass that find their way into the sea (or a large lake), are smoothed and shaped by spending decades in the water, and then found washed up on a beach.
The color of the glass depends on its original use - brown glass is generally from beer or medicine bottles; green glass comes in many shades - bright green from 7Up bottles, dark green from wine bottles or paler pieces from Coke bottles.
There are people who treat sea glass like gems - grading it on size and color, certifying authenticity, and making amazing fine jewelry using it. This isn't really surprising - especially since the amount of "new" sea glass found every year is declining - as our society has moved from glass to plastic containers.
For me, the beauty of these things is in the memories of making them, and time spent with my family by the sea.
Until next time.