My Life in Collections: Mussel Shells, Age 3
Romie Stott
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I definitely kept the mussel shells from restaurants until I learned you could find them at the beach. Then it was beach-sourced only!

I collected shells as a child and adult (my house is littered with shells), rocks, crystals, herbs, books about foraging for fungi and herbs, books about identifying the things I collect (shells, fungi, herbs, rocks), and things I want to identify but can’t collect psychically, like trees.

I guess I’m collecting knowledge? Is that how this works? As a child, they were pretty and interesting things. As an adult, they are pretty, interesting, sometimes edible, and knowledge collectible.

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