Essay — Journeys

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Picture of a single green acorn with a brown cap on a brown board
Image source: The Lone Acorn by Peter Griffin, public domain via

An acorn rests on the desk beneath the computer monitor, beside the mother-of-pearl souvenir cup from a trip to Washington DC.

The acorn is perfectly shaped, green and smooth, topped by rough tan cap punctuated with a short wood pom-pom. The acorn is not unusual; it’s typical squirrel food, free for the finding, one of millions littering the ground this time of year. They fall from the trees in wild abundance, ping, ping, ping.

So why save this one?

Like the souvenir cup, the acorn represents the memory of a journey—yesterday afternoon’s sunshine-and-breeze-filled walk.

What beauty do you bring home from your travels?



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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