Childhood Reflections

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. Psalm 1:3

When I was a child, I was so afraid of the ocean…I think that my fear arose from misunderstanding a concept in earth science when I was young. I thought that if I lived near a coastline, the ocean would rise up and swallow the land and naturally me along with it. I was determined to moved to the middle of the united states landmass, maybe Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska…somewhere like that…Surely the waters would have a long ways to travel to gobble up those inner states…I can see images and diagrams in my mind of the continental shelf, continental cliff, continental drift…somehow, that the waters covering the earth are just a thin film compared to the thickness of the earth escaped me…The deepness of the water did not trouble me. It was the fact that it covered two thirds of the earth’s surface that caused me problems.

While having dinner with my daughter this afternoon, I looked out of the restaurant’s window at the wavy river waters that flowed and danced with the wind. Its beauty and tranquility refreshed my soul…so to speak. Memories of favorite childhood books came to mind…about, Jane, Spot, raindrops, and water puddles.

I laughed to myself, because those two distinctively opposite emotions, the fear of the ocean waters and the love of books that had raindrops, water puddles, and water streams to jump across… coexisted until I was much older and actually visited a coastline and stood with my feet in the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Its foamy cream suds swirling and twisting around my ankles as the low, thrush, thrush filled my eardrums and blocked out every other noise…WOW…I love the ocean…specifically the Atlantic Ocean. I appreciate lakes, rivers, and streams…a major goal in my life is to live near the ocean. I am refreshed and brought into perspective every time I stand near the ocean and experience a slight vertigo as the waves massage my feet and the rays of sunlight shimmer of crystal blue-green waters.

Now, I find that any body of water that reflects the sky seems to speak to my inner peace…lakes, ponds, and rivers rejuvenate my mind. Someday, I will think more about the duality of man’s nature as it relates to ethical issues.

God Bless…In Jesus name I pray…Be Happy and Do Good!
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

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