Day 208: Starfish
I got this when I was maybe 12 or so in Florida at the Cypress Gardens. We had been driving all day it seemed. I went right into the gift shop and my parents bought this and a couple of shells. I guess they could see that I just wanted something after the ride even though I didn't ask for it. I can't find the shells anymore, but I still have the starfish, 28 years later.
Now I'm a dad and without a word, I'll pick up something inexpensive that my son is looking at in a store and ask him if he'd like it and a big smile explodes on his face. He has hard and long days too. Maybe he'll look back on something and have the same fond memory.