A friend was on holiday at the seaside and found herself admiring the shell collection of a little boy sitting on the beach.
She told me afterwards...'You know, until then I had never realised just how many wonderful and subtle variations there can be even in a small sample of cockle shells.
Within moments of examining them, I was as engrossed as he was.
But I suppose we're usually so busy looking out for the more impressive sights of the world that we forget to pay attention to the smaller marvels.'
Sometimes it takes a child to remind us that even the most ordinary objects can be magical if observed through eyes of wonder.