My family woke up to a beautiful, calm and sunny morning. We live near the bay so we decided to grab McDonald’s and go sit down at the dock and eat our breakfast. Sitting by the water can be contemplative. We sat in silence for a bit as we ate and then we chit chatted.
Between my observations and light conversation these are the things that came to mind:
We were talking about the tide. Today it was high but we discussed how last week when we came it was a moon tide and at high tide, the water was exceptionally high. This took my mind to ponder the power of the moon. I began to ramble the following; “Don’t you think it is amazing how powerful the moon is? The moon has power over all of the water on the earth. The moon has power over the big water that seems so uncontrollable. You laugh at me every time I get excited about the full moon but look how cool she is? Family looked at me and just shook their heads because I get so emphatic about such things.
There is a large diving bird with a long neck that was floating out on the water. These birds are known as Cormorants. They float on the water and then they dive deep into the water looking for food. The amazing part is how long they can stay under the water. We were watching him dive under and speculating where he would come back up at. Once again, I rambled. That’s what I do. I can’t help but find wonderment in the little miracles of life. I mean, here is a bird that flies but he can also dive deep into the bay. I think that is really cool.
We sat and soaked up the morning sunlight and the very slight breeze. The morning salt air was so refreshing. I always look around and see who’s coming and going and this morning was no exception. The first thing I noticed was all the old men lined up on the dock with their fishing poles. I love listening to the old men discourse about using the right bait and tell silly stories back and forth. Somehow I find it gratifying to hear them banter. There seems to be treasure in their conversations.
Step-daughter and I walked along the dock, peeking over to look at the water. It’s intriguing to watch the water move. You never know what you might see swimming by. I always try to envision what’s going on down below. Are the crabs swimming beneath, what kind of fish are coming in with the tide? Today it seemed that the old men were fishing for blowfish, a kind of fish that inflates it’s body when alarmed. And of course, that leads to another mesmerizing observation for me. I could go on all day about how fascinating nature can be.
We joined step-daughter’s father to observe and soak up some more delight on this fine morning. A mother came walking with her three young sons, probably around the age of 8 or 9, as she pushed a stroller with a little girl of about 3 years of age. The three little boys each had a fishing pole and a net. They were all barefooted. When I saw this vision of a family come to the dock, a huge smile grew across my face. In the world we live in today, it’s an unusual sight to see children enjoying kid stuff. The three boys immediately cast out their fishing poles into the water. They weren’t worried about having the right bait or what kind of fish were biting this time of year. They were simply living in their moment of glory, doing the things that memories are made of. I watched the little girl climb out of her stroller and walk from one boy to the other while her mamma just sat back and watched. It was truly a magnificent sight to behold. Immediately, my rambling began; ” I just love watching kids be kids. I remember when I was little, I never wore shoes in the summer. I was always barefoot. We used to climb trees and play in the dirt with our hot wheels cars, my sister and I. It gives me great satisfaction to know that there are still the little pleasures of life being enjoyed by these kids.”
A simple but beautiful morning at the dock digs deep into my soul and gives me the satisfaction of a spiritual revival. I feel invigorated after our visit this morning. My soul feels at peace and satisfied. I love watching life being lived in the simplest ways. My heart is so full I think it could burst.
Enjoy your day, your family, and find peace in all that you do. It feels amazing.