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Sand

Intergenerational Description of Joint Project

Our family thought of this project because we love cruising to the Caribbean. Questions arose on the differences in the texture of sand at the various beaches we visited, rocky in Haiti, but soft and silky in the southern islands, even “black” sand in St. Kitts. Planning came from looking at pictures and remembering our beach excursions. The format was suggested from a recent school project. We brainstormed and gradually polished the piece as a team. This project was special to us because it brought our family together to reminisce about our past family trips and anticipate our future ones.

Celebration of Rachel Carson’s Sense of Wonder

This project helped us to remember that our favorite places are not cities, sports arenas or amusements parks, but places filled with natural beauty and wonder. We can explore, discover, and marvel at what nature has provided to us rather than run from one place to another, never stopping to notice. We thought of how things like sand have so many functions in nature and about all the creatures and vegetation that use sand as part of their habitat or life cycle. This project was an opportunity to stop and reflect on nature; resolving to do that more often.

Sand

Grain
of sand.
Ocean so big.
Where has it been?
Where did it come from?
A shell, a rock, a volcano?
Will it become a pearl, a castle?
Will it go into a sandbox or sandbag?
The ocean can toss, turn, swirl and shift it,
But it can protect life when in dunes or bags.
Strong against the mighty ocean, strong against marching time,
How much a grain of sand can be.
Like a seed or wall or rock,
a bed, a home, a playground.
Where will it end up?
For now, it rests
on the beach.
Still and
Waiting.

 

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