Seaside Entertainments…

January 10, 2017

I saw a boy with dark eyes.

Punch me, Judy! He said.

Naw, I’m gonna punch you! I responded.

Ah oh.

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Detail from “Seaside Sampler” original design by Magie Hollingworth for Erhman Tapestry and stitched with adaptations by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

He spelled his name out in the sand: J-O-E-Y.

I sat by his side and we enjoyed ices.

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Detail of cool seaside treats.

We watched the shoreline flirt with our feet.

Would he be the first boy to ask me to dance?

Would he grow up to be a writer?

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My encounter with Daisy

January 6, 2017

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Detail from “Seaside Sampler” original design by Magie Hollingworth for Erhman Tapestry and stitched with adaptations by Meredith Eliassen.

How much time do we have before the tide comes in?

I head for the dunes.

I see a shoreline trotter.

She has a sunny friendly face…

And she answers to the name Daisy.

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Detail of shoreline trotter named Daisy.

Time passes, and I begin to sing a song as I slow my pace.

A song comes to me.

The wind carried the words away.

A Stormy Winter Morning…

January 4, 2017

As a child, I collected memories like sea shells that have become part of my psyche… piling into a car with my family, we traveled windy roads to the shoreline.

The tide ebbs slowly.

The seas calm like a child after many tears.

A climb down to the beach…

Seagulls beckon…

Letting go of my mother’s hand to explore…

I carefully edge over the grassy ledge to the soft sand below.

The cloud passes…

The sun is still there.

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Detail from “Seaside Sampler” original design by Magie Hollingworth for Erhman Tapestry and stitched with adaptations by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

In the distance, other families, and many children engaged in adventures of their own… I climbed to the highest rock and stand. I see a lighthouse in the distance.

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Detail of lighthouse with seagulls in the foreground.

Where to the seagulls hide when storms come?