little big things

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and

realize they were the big things.”

— Robert Brault

I remember a time when my son, Jonathan, and I were walking on the beach in Carlsbad, California. He was in grade school and complaining about learning science.

As we walked a few yards further down the rocky beach I spotted an empty spiny lobster shell.

I picked up the shell and showed it to my son. Then I asked him where did the lobster go.

We started to explore how this could happen. Did a predator eat it? Nope the shell is intact. Did it die of natural causes? Nope, nothing was left inside the sell.

Strangely enough the body was separated from the tail and the top and still connected underneath.

What could have happened?

After a few more outrageous thoughts I decided to tell him.

I studied marine science in college and was an avid Scuba diver. I explained that lobster have an exoskeleton, which means that their skeleton is on the outside and not inside like us humans with bones and stretchy skin.

When it’s time for the lobster to grow it molts which means it sheds its shell and creates a new bigger one. To do this the lobster sneaks out of its existing shell where the head and tail meet taking its antenna, claws, and legs with it.

The empty shell we were looking at was the old shell of a now bigger lobster.

A few days later Jonathan excitedly announces what he’s learning in science and how much he liked it.

It was just a walk on the beach, a small thing, that became a big thing – a teachable moment and a memory.

Action Step: Identify a small moment in your life that you cherish. Tell a friend or colleague that you trust.

How does it feel?

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