The Ocean

I stopped by the ocean the other day.

The Atlantic, I think. Some of us don’t really track these things very well. It was on the way to somewhere.

Do you know that if you stop by the ocean, even if Piglet would say it was a very blustery day, and even if you’re not the sort who usually takes her shoes off except for the shower and most times for bed, you should still unlace your shoes and take off your socks and roll up your khakis and go stand in it for a while?

And do you know, if you do all that, and the circumstances are just right, when the tide washes over your feet and its exhilarating cold water laps up over your ankles, you’ll feel it all the way to your ears and the sand that was rock hard a minute ago will give clean away beneath you and the water’s hypnotizing movement will make your equilibrium drop out the bottom and if you had no good reason to stand upright you might just let it pull you straight into the sea?

It’s true. It could happen.

12 responses

  1. It’s happened to me…

    Smiling here. Refreshing thoughts…

    2012/09/22 at 2:34 PM

  2. hisfirefly

    It can. It does. It did.
    Love the words you choose!

    2012/09/22 at 3:38 PM

  3. Wait. You were on the east coast? Where? When? Why? How? Sigh.

    And, yes. I know how strongly you feel about exposing your toes. Seems to me you wrote about that somewhere awhile back.

    And, yes. I know that pull of the tide. It’s why I’m forever whining on Facebook about my need to get back to the beach.

    2012/09/22 at 5:37 PM

    • Ah, Nancy, a few places (mostly Mass.) and a full schedule. I thought of you and wondered how close by. 🙂

      2012/09/22 at 8:26 PM

  4. jodyo70

    ‘the Atlantic, I think.’ You think? Lyla, you just make me smile. I can appreciate the oddity of it all, being from the Midwest and all (landlocked, yes?). I grew up by the ocean and can’t imagine living anywhere more than 3 miles from it…..just something about those waves going in and out and in and out…..

    2012/09/22 at 8:23 PM

  5. Monica Kruger

    It is true. We should stop by the ocean, or a bit more practically for some of us Lake Superior more often.

    2012/09/23 at 10:58 AM

  6. pastordt

    I.Love.This. And you, too. Yes, it can. And yes, we should. And yes, I do – but not as often as I used to as my knees and sand do not a happy couple make anymore. So glad you got to do this.

    2012/09/23 at 2:29 PM

  7. So glad you did that…. getting outside your “shoe” box and all. You are a delight, Lyla. I’ll bet Lane really loves it when you take off your shoes at night. = )

    2012/09/23 at 8:49 PM

  8. It’s been several years since I’ve felt the peace of those rhythmic waves. Lovely.

    2012/09/23 at 10:41 PM

  9. Oh…um…but…I kinda like equilibrium, though.

    2012/09/24 at 8:03 AM

  10. i like it. hope you brought home some sand between your toes.

    2012/09/24 at 4:42 PM

  11. It’s true. It could happen. So I’m told.

    2012/09/24 at 4:59 PM

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