but if it were I would tell you how
they right themselves by means of
opercula fastened to their feet (foot).
How when the world threatens, they first
withdraw, then brace themselves
against the heavy sand. How this is a trait
learned (inherited) from their mothers.
My own mother used to pull them from the
nettles in her garden. Hands deep in soil, she
could forget that she was crying. Funny that
I must be 900 miles (twelve days) from her
and her beds full of green growing things
to understand that resilience is a
favorable punnett square and a woman
with a garden trowel.