This crystal belonged to my brother-in-law, Peter, who died from Burkitt’s lymphoma in 2013. My sister wasn’t yet ready to pack up all of his things or to get rid of them, so we just moved his belongings into storage briefly. About six months later, we went through them and I found a crystal at the bottom of a backpack that he’d probably used for traveling. Since I’m a traveler and have often traveled with only a backpack, I found This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Eight Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 47 My Favorite Thing Tattooist Dr. Woo on the necklace that money can’t buy. Arts & Culture Issue 46 My Favorite Thing Charles de Vilmorin on the possibilities of a sewing machine. Arts & Culture Issue 45 My Favorite Thing Gladys Chenel on the Egyptian god that oversees her home. Arts & Culture Issue 43 My Favorite Thing David Erritzoe shares the vial that sparked psychedelic thinking. Arts & Culture Issue 41 My Favorite Thing Architect Diébédo Francis Kéré explains the significance of his carved stool. Arts & Culture Issue 40 My Favorite Thing Designer Lucinda Chambers shares the story of her mother’s ring.