My father had a habit of collecting a bit of driftwood when he went for a walk on the beach.
Later, he would write on it. Documenting the location, the date and sometimes, his companions.
Over the years, they piled up and made a little beach on a shelf… and then after he died, a beach in a box.
Last week Mum and I sorted through them and we each kept a couple but agreed the rest could go back to the ocean.
I set them free at my local beach.