A Special 30th Birthday Present

This is a glass float, about 12 inches wide. Japanese fisherman used these to keep their nets afloat in the early- to mid-1900’s. Recycled glass took the place of cork and wood. This one belonged to my brother. He had a collection of glass floats that he had found but this is by far the largest specimen.

On my brother’s 30th birthday, when he lived in Hawaii, friends took him fishing off the coast of Oahu. They spent hours out on the crystal blue Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, he didn’t catch a thing all day. He was discouraged and exhausted—and miles from the shore. Then, in the distance, something caught his eye. It was shimmering on the surface of the water. They steered the boat toward the object. And there it was, this large glass float, with an albatross perched atop. It made his birthday.

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