Of course, when she was alive, we thought of Mom's starfish pin fetish as just kind of a cute quirk, and an easy answer to the question, "What should I get Mom for INSERT OCCASION HERE?"
But after she passed away, every time I'd see a starfish pin or necklace or earrings, I'd think she was saying hello to me.
When we were in Nova Scotia, we went to a charming little town called Chester.
|These were in the shop. Hey Look! There's a starfish on that pillow!|
On the counter was a bowl filled with little shell shapes. I reached in blindly and pulled one out. It was a tiny glittery silver starfish. On the back was imprinted a word:
I bought it. Of course. Here it is, sitting with some of the shells and stones we gathered here and there on our RV journey:
I started to wonder if starfish have any sort of symbolic meaning. I Googled "symbolism of starfish" and found this:
THE STARFISH SYMBOLIZES
INFINITE DIVINE LOVE
It can also symbolize the divine Mother, "who lovingly creates safe travel over troubled waters and is also seen as an emblem of salvation during trying times."
Now it is I who has a thing for starfish.
Before we took a jaunt to Boca Grande today, I mentioned to God that I'd like to find a little inexpensive starfish something - maybe a pin, or earrings. You know, just sayin'.
I went into a shop that was a wonderful hodgepodge of beachy home decor and men's and ladies' clothing. Way in the back was an earrings rack and these were hanging right in front, calling, "Hey Melissa! Over here! We've been waiting for you!":
They were $12.95, so I bought them. Of course.