Daily Decoration: scallop shell

Small gold glass bauble shaped like a scallop shell, hanging in a window

Scallop shells, to me, mean the Camino de Santiago. Pilgrimage. Many roads converging on one city. Tired feet. A hint that you’re on the right path. A gentle nudge in the right direction.

Once you’ve started thinking about a pilgrimage, you start seeing shells everywhere. Afterwards, they keep showing up. This one came from Paperchase.

I like a symbol. A clue. A waymark. Shells gave way to hearts after a while; lately it’s been stars and compasses, although really it’s all the same thing: something to steer by.

I don’t know whether I’ll go back to Santiago. If I do, it will probably be late one autumn. Or perhaps I’ll just leave room for somebody else to make the journey for the first time.

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