Have you ever found something washed up on the seashore and wondered where it came from? All the things it must have seen on its way through the vast ocean and onto the beach?
This week, a story in the news caught my eye: when a man and his wife were beachcombing in Alaska, they came upon a soccer ball. At first glance, there's not much out of the ordinary about a soccer ball on a beach. But in this case, they looked closer and found that it was from Japan. After the devastating tsunami that shook the island nation in 2011, the ball traversed the Pacific Ocean over the course of the year and landed an entire continent away.
You can read all of the details of the story here courtesy of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Under very different circumstances, a very similar exchange is depicted in our Fall 2010 book, Immi's Gift.