Thursday, August 02, 2007
impromptu beach day.
Mike got the day off of work, so we headed to the ocean for an impromptu beach day. Today was Henry's first real taste of the sea- we held him at the edge and let the gentle tide pool around him and lap at his little baby toes. Each time a wave washed in to him, he would throw his head back and laugh; and every time the tide waned he would stretch his arms out as if to say "come back to me!" One of my greatest loves is the sea. Growing up I was lucky enough to have both sets of grandparents living on the beach- one set on the ocean side, the other, the bay. I believe that one of life's greatest soothing comforts is to be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves crashing aginst the shore; or to be awkened by the sound of seagulls, restless and ready to begin their day. I was told at some point that my name means "star of the sea" (hence 'starfish'). I cannot imagine ever living away from the ocean. Even if I don't get to the beach as often as I'd like, just knowing that it is there, so near, is comfort enough. Like a giant safety blanket. There is just something about living on a coast and being surrounded by water. There is just something about... living on the edge. I hope that Henry will share this love as he grows older.