I met a sweet, soft-spoken lady in her late 70s/early 80s while walking on the beach at Port Aransas on Mustang Island, Texas, back in February 2015.
This gentle lady was ever-so-slowly collecting shells and we started to chat.
She told me that she was gathering the shells to make a hanging shell display for each her two teenaged grandsons. I could tell she put thought into every individual shell, to make sure it was the best of the best for her grandsons.
I didn’t realize that her reflection was in the photo of this shell at the time, but when I offered her the shell for her project, she accepted.
A second shell I offered her didn’t “make the cut” for her collection. She was very particular about the quality, color and size of shell.
As I left the beach about an hour later, this dedicated granny was still there, so I snapped these three photos from afar.
I wish I could get these photos to her grandsons so they could fully realize how much effort, work & love went into her gifts.
(c) Amy Oakley, 1027 Productions