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Monday, June 8, 2009

Me and the Sea

Happy Ocean Day! Did you even know it was Ocean Day? Anyway, to celebrate the occasion (to raise awareness) CrazyCris over at Here, There and Everywhere is hosting a blog-a-thon! Click this link to read contributions from all over the world: oceanic-blog-thon


Being a land-dweller far from the salty air, I mostly take for granted the ocean will always be there whenever I choose to travel to the beach. Instead of boring you statistics and details, I thought I'd share what went through my mind when Chris made me think about the ocean...

I'm more of a fresh-water girl. Sure I've splashed in the surf, Atlantic and Pacific, and felt the salt on my skin. But I've never ventured farther out than that perfect breaker for my raft, and that's been a while. I enjoy watching the educational and travel shows that explore marine life, be it animal or plant, as well as the programs that serve to warn us of the impending situation facing this magnificent liquid that covers so much of our planet. But what's it to me?



Yes, I'm concerned. Yes, I care. Truthfully? I can't relate to how big this ice shelf is that broke off. I can't relate to the loss of coral reefs or contaminated waters. I have no idea how many seals or whales populate any particular area. There is something, though, very concrete about the water that I can relate to...



Many times I have traveled to the coast and sat on the sand at night. There is no better time for me to be there. I have found myself in solitude, under the moonlight, dreaming out past the lit breakers. My worries and burdens rinse away with the sand under my feet... because I am so small. Even smaller at night. The horizon seems infinite in the sun's absence. Somewhere, far beyond any point I may strain to see, the stars and the waves merge together in total blackness. It is as if I am looking out into the vast universe with the lights turned out. It is as unimportant as a person can feel, and yet at the same time, as close to God as one can be. For me, it puts things in perspective... and that is peace.



Even in the darkness, I see the ocean as alive. It's a life force, constantly surging. And now, this hugeness, this enormous creature that sustains, is being devoured. Who or what is this demon that could cripple the most powerful force on the face of the earth?



They are the ants. Remember watching them on the picnic? Here was this huge scrap of food being carried away by this miniature army. An impossible task alone, but the army... Yes, these small, innocuous bits of life can together wreak havoc in a very large way. So what kind of ants can kill an ocean? Maybe all those small, innocuous little bits of rubbish, a few extra pounds of fish taken, a minor spill from a tanker, a slight temperature increase over a long term... The list of suspects is long and still growing. With every evil uncovered, another crisis looms undetected.

Like the ants that draw a solid line toward the watermelon, stepping on one is pointless - so why bother? Well, maybe if we first all train ourselves to recognize the sign of ants, and then you step on that one...

9 comments:

CrazyCris said...

Ants, truly an appropriate metaphor!

You know, even having seen some pretty massive ice shelves, it is hard to visualise the "large" ones when you hear about them on the news.

It's amazing the variety of sizes in the ocean... from the smallest living beings on the planet, to the largest!

Thanks for participating! ;o)

Brian Miller said...

love your description of sitting on the beach dreaming passed the breakers..the beach at night is truly the best time. many ants will spoil a picnic... happy oceans day! thought provoking post.

Rae said...

There are people who love the mountains and people who love the desert. Give me salty breezes off the ocean and a beach at sunrise. My mind relaxes and I feel at peace.
HAPPY OCEANS DAY

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

I share with you the delight of renewal, vastness, the expanse that takes us beyond all limitations ... the tides, currents and waves that carry us beyond ourselves - this felt in your description. I sit with you in that place. Thank You in celebration of World Ocean Day.

Lover of Life said...

Your metaphor with ants is so right on. Just bits and pieces and pretty soon it is a full-blown problem. So true of so many issues with our planet right now.

I share you feeling of spaciousness with the sky and sea. Great post.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Excellent metaphor! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and Happy Oceans Day!

Rain said...

Great post! I'm so glad I am able to read it now!!!
(pc probs galore, lol)

SquirrelQueen said...

Excellent post. I have spent so many hours walking and sitting on so many beaches and I am always in awe of the power of the ocean.

CrazyCris said...

Popping in to comment on an old post... but I don't know if you've read mine from Friday: World Ocean's Day is here again! Feel up to participating in the Blog-A-Thon again? Would be wonderful!

cheers!