These charms are all strung onto a long chain that I wear often around my neck.  There are the shells, which I had before (Grace’s birth announcement and early stationery all had a starfish on it, and Whit’s was identical but it had a sand dollar), an enamel heart that Grace made at camp, a shrinky dink of some binoculars that she made and sent to me “because I love to notice things,” and a charm that my sister gave me with a compass on one side and a Whitman (her middle name and my son’s) quote that reads “Now voyager, sail thou forth to seek and find.

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