I got a new talking piece last night. It came with a wonderful explanation.
As it was presented to me, the giver said: “It has all kinds of colors, a variety, like people, so it shows everyone is included. You can bring things back together with stitching.” He ran his finger along the seam of the bright red threads. I took the ball. He went on to say “life can throw you a curve ball, but you can still hit a home run”. I smiled and said “that’s great!” “oh yeah, and it’s round” he added.