souvenir in a jar

“Ever poised on that cusp between past and future, we tie memories to souvenirs like string to trees along life’s path, marking the trail in case we lose ourselves around a bend of tomorrow’s road.”
– Susan Lendroth

Several months ago, I put bits and pieces of a Vermont forest into this jar and closed the lid tight. I keep it by a window in my apartment so that sunlight reaches it easily. Sunlight is the only ingredient necessary to maintain my terrarium’s own tiny ecosystem.

I took many contemplative walks in that Vermont forest. I had an important conversation with a friend there, too. This little terrarium has become a special kind of souvenir for me, reminding me of the insights gained during my time in that forest. Do you have a favorite souvenir?

p.s. Aren’t terrariums amazing?!