I'm hoping for a suggestion.
This is one of the sweeter questions I've ever received: My sister
has a 5 year-old daughter named Zoe, who has decided she wants Santa
to bring her a pair of loose pearls for Christmas this year. She
doesn't want them for jewelry; she says she just wants to play with
them. When I pressed my sister for more details, it turns out Zoe has
in mind two round pearls, about 10mm each, with no holes drilled in
Since these are likely to be lost--sooner or later--and since gift-
giving is not exactly extravagant in my sister's family.... does
anyone have any ideas where I can direct her?