Sunday, June 3, 2012


My soul is full of longing
For the secret of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I spent my summers...
from the time I was knee high to a grasshopper,
until I was sixteen...
visiting the ocean for vacation.
The novelty of that has NEVER worn off.
Yet, I have seldom if ever visited it, as an adult.
Still there is a yearning, burning
deep within my soul.
we live more than 600 miles away
from the sand and surf.
my heart finds solace
at local lakes, instead.
But it is not the same thing.
I long for seashells at my feet,
not just those sitting on my tables.

Sit in reverie and watch the
changing color of the waves
that break upon the
idle seashore of the mind.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Buttercup said...

I'm so with you. I rarely get to the beach now, though I went with my family all the years I was growing up. My dream is a month at the beach and I am putting it forward as my goal for 2013. It's in my thoughts a lot. Take good care. You and your family are in my prayers.

That corgi :) said...

The beach is such a special place; while I have not per se walked it in many a year, it is still a great place to drive by and just enjoy others enjoying it. I remember my mom in her mid 60s enjoying looking for shells and bringing home her treasures.

hope you get to experience such an adventure some time in the years ahead


Belle said...

I also live near lakes now instead of the ocean. You are right, it isn't the same. The ocean has a majesty about it. It is so vast and powerful and beautiful. I miss it too.

Jon said...

I was born on the east coast and then lived nearly thirty years in California, so the ocean was always a part of my early existence.
When I moved to the midwest, and later to Texas, I missed the ocean immensely. I still do. There is no feeling like being on the beach. Lakes are just not the same thing.....

Fiona said...

Hi Taryterre,

Happy Monday to you.

I would love to live close to the beach and walk on it everyday
I love the sound of the sea.

Hope that you are well
thinking of you all.

Take care and I love the photos


Formerly known as Frau said...

There is something special about the sound and feel of the waves crashing's been a year since I visited the Atlantic Ocean in NJ not sure when i'll be back...but I know I probably didn't appreciate it like I should have. We visited California Pacific ocean months ago....I sat on the beach on a cold day and no where near the water but loved every minute as I talked to a dear old friend. I hope you see your ocean soon! Happy Monday!

Lucy said...

Tarrytare that is a very nice post. I see by what you said on my blog that you are still suffering with the knees. I can feel for you and it would be good if you could get those taken care of. My knee doesn't bend as good as I would like, It causes little quirks that I was not expecting but I am sure that once it is totally healed it will behave better. At least it does not give out on me. Take care and I hope things get better for you.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love your shell collection and I do love the beach. I seldom get a chance to get to the beach and maybe because it is such a rare treat is why I love it so much. I hope you get an opportunity to go there. I'd not heard the Longfellow quotes about the beach before and will have to copy them down. My imaginary trip to the beach happens often, so maybe you and I will have to do with that for now. Hope your Monday is a wonderful one!

Pat MacKenzie said...

I so totally agree with you. Theres nothing like the ocean for helping you meditate and put things in perspective. I've been longing for it too lately and feel the need to make a trip home to smell the salt air and listen to the waves. "I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky, and all I need is a tall ship and the stars to steer her by.". Take care. Pat

jack69 said...

I might not be impossible to beat Longfellow, but it is VERY HARD!
Since my Youth, I have enjoyed 'Henry Wadsworth Longfellow'. To me it is funny how sometimes the 'Long' names stick with you.

There is a desire of the SEA in me. I first saw salt water and WAVES at age 6. I still love to watch the waves continually break and recede.

Thanks for jogging the sweet memories.

RoeH said...

I love the ocean beaches! Well - any beach.

Tami said...

Every year we take a weeks vacation at the beach. I love the smell of the air and the feel of the sand on my toes. Your shell collection is very nice indeed. I began a collection and have the shells in a glass bowl in the master bathroom. I decorated it in a beach theme to remind me of the beach all year round.

Nelle said...

I live about 40 minutes from the Atlantic ocean. As a teen I went several times a week during the summer. When I worked I sometimes drove down just to watch the sunset and smell the ocean air. Last year I was so ill I got there only once, for a beach wedding in September. I sure hope to get there several times this year. Wish you lived closer and could join me. Thinking of you and sending warm thoughts.

Hollie said...

I love just sitting and looking at the ocean. It's so amazing and beautiful!!

Chatty Crone said...

I love the ocean - especially the sound of the waves. sandie

Angela said...

Yep, I love the beach (the OCEAN beach, that is)! To me, lakes are ordinary; oceans are POWERFUL. Two completely different things.

And this comes from a girl who grew up on a lake, but prefers the coast any day of the week.

May we all search for seashells. =)

And by the way, THANK YOU for your ALWAYS encouraging comments you leave on my blog. You are appreciated more than you know.


Forty Pound Sack said...

I love the ocean. There is something about the sound of the waves and the scent of sea air that renews me like nothing else ~

Red Rose Alley said...

I don't know what my kids would do without the ocean. They love it and go to it often. They all find peace in the great ocean. I, myself, love the mountains, and go every chance I get. I especially like the first quote so much. I was wondering how your daughter is doing, dear? I hope that you're having a good week. Stop by on Friday. Nel is doing a Paris post. Do you know that I have come by several times before this, but could never connect. This time, I was lucky. Take care, my sweet friend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Red Rose Alley said...

I will definately pray for your daughter. It must be so hard for your family right now.

About your comment on Sisters... Could you e-mail me? I can't get through when I click on your e-mail, but I can reply when you send me one. I wanted to tell you a little something.

Take care, my friend, and sending love your way.

~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Donna said...

I am so sorry that you have received such awful news about your daughter. I'm saying a prayer for all of you.

Pam said...

I love the ocean and it has ruined the lakes for me. It's just not the same to sit on a plot of trucked in sand and pretend that you're at a "beach".

Lori said...

When I was a kid every summer we'd go visit one of my married sisters who lived (and still lives) in St. Augustine, FL. I loved visiting the ocean then and still do!

Cliff said...

Well written post. Thanks c

Lisa said...

This makes me sad. You really need to find a way to the sand. I live 200 miles from it and go as often as I can. I love it. Its my favorite place. But also, Id also love to live on a lake or even have a pool in my yard. Great post with pretty pictures.