First posted June 2008. Lydia was finishing the first grade.
There is a store near us that sells rocks. It also carries jewelery, butterflies in cases, and ceramic gifts; but mostly rocks. Some small, polished stones for fifty cents; some medium-sized things that would look good on a coffee table; some large and expensive pieces that you'd really have to love to pay that kind of money for.
They have one particularly large and beautiful piece called an Amethyst Cathedral. It really does resemble a cathedral: it's quite tall and pointed at the top, and it opens from the front (like the one in the photo there) into the most beautiful interior.
It's priced at $1,290 Canadian.
The young Squirrelings eyed it appreciatively. One noted, "That's a lot of money."
"How much money?" asked the youngest.
"One thousand, two hundred and ninety dollars."
The youngest Squirreling chewed on that for a moment and then added solemnly, "And I guess there'd be tax on that, too."