Wednesday, August 09, 2006

"The Bounty of the Sea"

As I walk with soggy sand beneath my feet, the ocean gives up her bounty.
Moving slowly, I bend and pick, bend and pick, deciding which gem is worth some value to grace my collection. But, in my attempt to increase the appreciation of my surroundings, I find myself passing over the perfectly hones shells, and instead are drawn to the rocks and broken leftovers of the seas rage. Colors, textures and aging time guide my selection and I am fascinated by my own concentration. I look to the sea and ask myself "why's" and "how's" of the forsaken beauty that exists in each jewel that scatters the coastal shoreline. Imperfections, holes and cracks hold my attention and create more unanswered questions. I can't decide which ones should stay and which ones can accompany me home. I end up filling my basket with the discarded treasures that the ocean spit out before me. And I leave peacefully, returning with the bounty that I will call....remarkable.

Days later, I decided to display my treasures in a long cylinder vase, arranging the rocks just so. I filled it with water and all the colors came to life, reminiscent of a magic trick. This treasure now graces my Ocean themed bathroom and will showcase all the rocks, but the real lesson was finding beauty, not just in what appears to be the obvious perfection, but gladly appreciating the least of these.


Anonymous your little one said...

Just beautiful moma!! I remember how excited you were when you created that work of art. It was amazing to see the water magnify your treasures…you created beauty.

Love you!!!

9:34 AM  
Blogger brittany said...

so wonderful--I know the exact feeling. I too seek the ocean's bounty and then wonder why I love each little treasure so much. But I can't help it. I just do. I have a few rocks from the beach in my bathroom and when they are wet, they are the exact colors of my husbands eyes!

12:29 PM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

finding beauty in the imperfections--YES!

1:24 PM  
Blogger *aimee* said...

Your post is absolutely beautiful and your sight for true bounty is...well, quite remarkable too. You chose what so many would have passed over; you found true treasure. Thanks for sharing.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

i love the treasures you find...

and i love you!

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Teresa said...

I love your collection, anything to do with the ocean I love. They are indeed precious treasures.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

I love this collection and that beautiful eye of yours-especially without makeup.


8:43 PM  
Blogger Romina Bacci said...

i like stones so much!!

ohh i miss the ocean,
and the beach
and the sound of the wind
and the wet sand in my feet...

these are treasures !! :)

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful bounty indeed :)

9:11 PM  
Blogger Yolanda said...

I too love the ocean as anyone who stops by my blog can plainly see.I am so with you on the word verfication feature . I seem to have type this thing in 2 or three times. You should read if you haven't the Book A year by the Sea it is really beautifully written by an author who loves the sea as we do . It is to me like a modern day A Gift of the Sea.

9:40 PM  
Blogger Vesper said...

my five year old son collects beautiful old glass during walks on the beach. his favourite is blue and red....we have a vase filled with his finds.

11:07 PM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

this is beautiful...just beautiful. your words. the meaning. the picture. yes. beautiful.

9:49 AM  

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