When I left a couple of weeks ago I told you I was planning on a reunion with the sea. It was everything I hoped for and more! I was able to walk on the sand with very little difficulty. I collected drift wood, rocks and shells to carry home. I took photos of the water and a few birds and animals. But mostly I just stood on the beach and enjoyed the sights and sounds and smells.
Of course my reunion with the beach of my childhood was tinged with just a bit of sadness. The drought has taken its toll on much of the local vegetation. The number of visitors to the area has probably increased tenfold and crowding is sometimes annoying. Traffic is unbelievable in the most popular areas! But the ocean is unchanged. The water and the wildlife seem unfazed by the influence of man. The waves continue to roll onto the sand.
I suppose it’s that continuity that appeals to people. The ocean seems at once ancient and eternal, always ready to welcome us home, promising to be there for the next generation. I enjoyed my reunion and can’t wait for the next one.