Monday, September 17, 2018

First Steps


In responding to a comment on the blog the other day, it sparked a memory. From the time I was very young my parents told me this story. When I was nine months old they had taken my older brother, my twin brother and me to the beach. They said when I saw the ocean, I stood up and took my very first steps toward the waves. My twin followed crawling along behind me. It made me happy to remember how much I have always loved the ocean.

There are so many political things we could be writing about here, but you know how we feel about all of it. So instead,  here is a balance to all the madness swirling about. The very simple beauty of it all.

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  1. Thank you for this balance. I can see you taking your first steps.

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    1. am-- I can almost remember it, not as a story but actually taking that step.

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  2. A little sand between the toes is but a small irritation when one is pursuing beauty.

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    1. John-- The pursuit of beauty has been my life's calling.

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  3. Too many people miss the simple beauty and truth. What would we do without the stories from our parents?

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    1. Red-- I love that question, "what would we do without the stories from our parents?" I'm so grateful to remember them.

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  4. I think we all have our problems with poitics, you have your clown we have Tersea who is proving tro be a bit of a wimp, I wonder how long before she is ousted. Stick with the good memories you have, better still go and walk in the sand again

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    1. Bill-- What a time we are living in on this big crazy planet. Best to see the beauty of it all.

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  5. That's a great story. I'd much rather look at the ocean than think about politics!

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    1. Steve-- When we go walking we hardly ever talk about politics. But sometimes when things are REALLY CRAZY, it pops up even on the beach!

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  6. You were drawn to the sea as a baby. Cool. It is great nature gives us a safe place to go. If only we were as kind to her.

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    1. Patti-- Oh yes, "if only we were as kind to her" that sums it up perfectly. Sigh.

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  7. What a beautiful memory. I live just a few minutes from the ocean. It draws me like a magnet. And it did the same thing to the 9 month old you!

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    1. Birdie-- I love the sense of the ocean drawing us like a magnet. It's true I could never resist.

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  8. I can almost see toddler you reach the water and laugh as the waves lapped your toes.
    And such is the draw of the ocean that your beautiful photos tug and tug at my heart.

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    1. CCorax-- We went to the beach so often when I was young. My parents loved it as well. We have a photo of my mom in her teenage years standing on her head at the beach. We were all drawn to it from such an early age.

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  9. My dad spent part of his growing up time on the Jersey shore, went to Atlantic City High School. He took us kids to the shore all the way from the Toledo, Ohio area, to experience the ocean. He used to tell us that we'd stand and face the incoming waves yelling, "Ready!!!"

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    1. isabelita-- I love this story! Ready!!! Yes, that's the pull of the ocean.

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  10. Ah, the huddled masses who are free. Beautiful images. I miss ocean visits; we seemed to have stopped those trips once my catch-and-release style fly fisher husband discoverd the beautiful rivers of Wyoming and Montana and the Nature Conservancy's Silver Creek Preserve in Idaho. Kim in PA

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    1. KimS-- The rivers of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho are beautiful bodies of water too, heading to the ocean. Still, there's nothing like the vast coastline.

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  11. Oh, it is indeed peaceful and lovely. We all need a respite from the Washington going-ons.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Yes, respite. That's one of the reasons we venture out there. That and the draw of such beauty.

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  12. That’s a beautiful memory. The ocean spoke to you and speaks to you still.

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    1. 37paddington-- I love that "the ocean spoke to you..." yes, it really did and as you write, and still does. Thank you for that.

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    1. Sabine-- Thank you. It's one of my favorites!

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  14. Oh, Robin. I'm late to the party, but how very lovely! xoxo

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