THE SCOOP STOOP
Quantity is the goal of this all too familiar stooper. She is relatively unconcerned about the characteristics of the shells, their speckled color, exceptional shape or distinctive style. She has crafts to create, so she just wants a lot of them.
Using a specially designed scoop that guarantees maximum coverage, she thrusts it into terra firma, making a crater usually only left by meteors and the footprints of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
She lifts a monstrous amount of sand and shells and starts to sift and sort, pick and poke. With an experienced eye and swift fingers, she removes any fragments and clumps of sand. She’s not that discriminating; mostly anything makes the grade, except those seriously cracked and chipped shells. The bulk is dumped into a bulging plastic sack only slightly smaller than the stooper herself.
She then drags the hefty bounty along the beach and starts over in her quixotic quest to totally deplete Sanibel of its precious charms.