Sunday, June 7, 2009

World Oceans Day

Living in Florida has it's advantages. Beautiful weather. Spring Training baseball. Amazing seafood. An endless supply of lizards for my cat to chase. And of course the ocean. During the two years we spent in Tampa, we would often find our Saturdays spent at Ft. DeSoto Beach. This was one of those Saturdays...

Glee filled smiles curl at his lips, as Logan's little fist beat against his yellow inflatable seat. Only six months old and already a captain of his own ship and loving the ocean. White clouds, threatening the every afternoon shower, cool the air, a beautiful day to ride the waves with mom and...

The surface erupts from within, dad rising like the leviathan from the deep. What treasures has he found today? Live sand dollars with their prickly red hairs, shimmering as they dance in the sun. Sea slugs emerging from their shell to leave sticky trails across little fingers, enticing chortles from the baby. So many wonders to behold...

Muscles clench as fins break the surface a mere ten feet from the family. Hearts jack hammer against breastbones and minds race calculating the distance to the shore, too far. Cries unheard the beach nearly empty. Stench of fear reeking from pores drawing the inevitable ever closer...

Noses break the surface...dolphins come to play, swimming circles around before disappearing into the deep. Nervous laughter as pulse rates return to normal, Logan oblivious except to their beauty. Time to get out of the water, maybe we will play another day. Today the wild oceans have earned our respect.

It might be fun to play in some else's back yard, but remember they will still be there when we leave and have to put up with what you leave behind. One ocean. One climate. One future.

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21 comments:

Ronda Laveen said...

In the words of Aretha Franklin, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."

jake (to the) holla said...

I once rode a dolphin into battle against a killer shark threatening the coastal life & weekend fun on a sunny Saturday afternoon. needless to say, we thwarted the potentially deadly attack

wait... these dream-like stories are supposed to happen while I'm asleep, not before... uh oh

CrazyCris said...

I remember the adventures of going to the beach as a child. Some of that feeling remains with me to this day whenever I walk on a beach covered in sea shells (we see so few in the beaches here). I can spend hours beachcombing without even noticing the time fly by!

thanks for participating! thrilling post! ;o)

tony said...

Yes........I never thought of it before, but what crazycris just wrote hit a cord with me too.Whenever I walk on a beach it feels to Me like I'm Coming Home....

Daniel said...

G-U-L-P! Now it's too late, I have already wet myself. Can't unring that bell. Have a good one while I go change.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

It all sounds beautiful. I live a couple of miles from Bamburgh beach on the North East coast and even though it's truly magnificent, I rarely go because I have a silly fear of sand and sea!

CJ xx

Rob said...

What a cool memory.

MzzLily said...

Wonderful! My pulse quickened... Don't do that! Only once did I see the Dolphins, but I will never forget. That is how I feel about it too. Thanks for visiting and thanks for sharing.

Brad said...

great story..I miss FL sometimes.

Brian Miller said...

@ronda - singing along with you...

@jake - one too many Aquaman comic books last night?

@crazychris - thanks for the opportunity and all you are doing to raise awareness today. walking on the seashore, picking up shells...amazing way to spend a day with ones you care for.

@tony - the beach has a certain magic to it...think it is something int he salty air that you taste before you ever see it on the horizon. a calming drug...

@daniel - always smile when i read your comments...

@crystal - when i go to the lake or ocean I always get these brief flashbacks of movies that give me a healthy respect for what lies beneath...

@rob - thanks bro

@mzzlily - nice to meet you on Ocenas Day. Thanks for stopping by...live for those pulse quickening moments.

@brad - I as well...

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

And so this day I shall imagine riding on a Dolphin, in a sea that is filled with their song. Thank you for the adventure.

Michael Rawluk said...

Water is the blood of our world. We walked in some beautiful spots this past weekend I was astounded by the trash that people leave.

Lover of Life said...

Wow - great story. I remember one time jumping off a sail boat between islands in Hawaii. I was just sort of hanging on to rope trailing behind the boat when I began to hear the music "Jaws" in my mind. Needless to say I realized I looked very "bait-like" and got back on the boat. It always pays to remember it is their environment! Great post.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

I love your last paragraph the most! Respect for our oceans is the first step in protecting them.

Happy World Oceans Day!

Dot-Com said...

What a great trip down memory lane!

Valerie said...

What a super post, Brian. That's it, I'm definitely emigrating. Excuse me, what's a sand dollar?

Chris @ Maugeritaville said...

Well said, and even waxed a bit poetic. Glad I stopped by . . .

California Girl said...

A close frined of mine worked at Dolphin Cove in Key Largo. She worked with developmentally disabled children using human dolphin therapy. She did that for 12 years and the results on the children were amazing. The dolphins were rescue dolphins taken away from circus style environments and treated with respect and only interacted with the children and the therapists. I always thought if reincarnation were true I'd want to be a dolphin.

Brian Miller said...

@cali - that is beautiful

pra said...

Very poetic story...memory!

Brian Miller said...

@pra - ty

@valerie - you may have to google sand dollar...the most common are the white fossilized circle, but we used to find them covered in a red stubby "hair".

@dot com - thanks hope you are feeling better

@rhonda - true that

@lover of life - sometimes we are the bait others we are the shark...i've had those moments when the shivers run down your back and you wonder if you made the wise choice...got them reading your comment. smiles.

@michael - breaks my heart every time

@rose - nice picture...nice music...