Our 26th rock has some bite—it’s a fossil shark tooth! The tooth was once in the mouth of Otodus obliquus, an extinct mackerel shark which lived during the Paleocene and Eocene epochs. It’s from our friends Max and Laurel, whom we know from the days when I (the Bride) volunteered at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Interestingly enough, Max baked us a cake for our first anniversary in January, 2005, and took us to Boston for the first time—to the Aquarium and on our first whale watch—in October 2004.
Max found the tooth in 1981 on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.
Our 27th Rock!
Our 27th rock comes from our friend Bracken. Bracken is a horror writer; we know him through the New England Horror Writers Association. This rock has special significance for Bracken. Ever the storyteller, he wrote in the letter accompanying it: “Although it is not that pretty, it has traveled far to help you celebrate. I picked up this rock outside the Mercado Modelo in the Cidade Baixa district of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. I’d bought a musical instrument called a berimbau and the merchant neglected to include a dobrao (basically, a guitar fret one holds between one’s fingers in order to play). This rock presented itself to fill that role and has served me on the (rare) occasion that I take my souvenir off the wall to play. I think it’d make a nicer addition to your collection.”
The rock arrived on July 5.