Saturday, April 24, 2010
My Souvenirs from the Sea
More than once, I have spoken here of my love of the ocean. Born and raised in the Midwest, I never saw the ocean until I was fourteen years old. We took a family vacation to Jekyll Island. I never wanted to leave. I loved the smell of the ocean and the sound of the waves. I loved the idea of being on an island, surrounded by water. Later, when my husband and I took a trip to the Cayman Islands, we had a room right on the beach. I loved falling asleep to the sound of the surf. When I am near the ocean I don't have to do anything else but sit and watch it all day. I never get tired of it.
I still haven't managed to find my home by the sea. I still live in a landlocked state. So, I try to bring as much of the ocean into my world as I can. One way is through sea glass. I discovered sea glass fairly recently. I received a small amount from a fellow blogger. I put it in a transparent blue dish in my bedroom, and thought of the ocean every time I saw it. Then I found some framed photos of sea glass. I began collecting sea glass wherever I could find it. I have little dishes of it sitting around. I have arrangements of it with candles in the middle. The colors, as in the photo above, remind me of the sea.
I also love sea shells. Every time we go to the beach I pick up sea shells. I have dishes and bottles filled with them. I place them all around the house and outside on the deck.
It doesn't stop there. I have also collected pebbles along the beach. Smooth, roundish pebbles, some with variegated colors. I have them in shallow baskets, mixed in with shells and little bits of coral.
I don't live by the sea, but I do have many reminders in my surroundings.