Saturday, February 21, 2009

Under The Sea (and Hi Dad)

The scenery from the shoreline is forever-changing.  So much so, that each day brings with it a new seascape, an entirely different perspective.  Depending upon the tides, or the weather, or more importantly the position of the moon in the sky; endless miles of coastline can either be covered under a blanket of fast-moving ocean waves, or exposed, revealing the layers of sand and rock and seaweed which are usually nestled, hidden underneath.  This afternoon, at low tide, another yet undiscovered natural display was uncovered by the retreating ocean waves.  I have both observed and explored the large rock formations which become visible when the tide makes its way out to sea, but not once during the course of the past year have I observed the rock formations which I was lucky enough to witness, today.  At first glance, I noticed the heart that stands prominently in the center of this row of rock formations.  Having never noticed it before, it momentarily took my breath away, and I systematically told everyone who was at home at the time to look out the window!  And now, sitting here looking at the photos that I took of this lovely heart, I can see another message in the rocks.  I have decided not to share my interpretation of what I came up with when I put all three of the rocks that are lined up together.  I will leave it up to you to see if you see what I see, or if you can see something entirely different.  After all, it is all about perspective, and just as the shoreline constantly evolves and changes, so does our view of life.

And for another perspective from today:

It's not far down to paradise
At least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away
And find tranquility
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

Takes me away
To where I've always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

It's not far back to sanity
At least it's not for me
And when the wind is right you can sail away
And find serenity
The canvas can do miracles
Just you wait and see
Believe me

-Christopher Cross

When I saw these sailboats riding gently along on the breezes, the song "Sailing" by Christopher Cross began making its way forward from the deeper recesses of my mind.  If, by chance, you are too young to remember this song, go take a moment to listen to it.  Then close your eyes, and you too will be sitting on the deck of a sailboat headed for someplace wonderful!


Ness said...

I think the rocks say I love you.

Loved that Christopher Cross song. Saw me through some tough times. Beautiful post. Love you.

Jenn-n-n said...

Yep, I agree those rocks say "I LOVE YOU".

How awesome Debra!!!

I love sailboats too. I used to watch them all the time when I lived in Victoria. *sigh* I miss the ocean.

kim-d said...

I am a Christopher Cross fan from way, way back. "Sailing" was the start of it all, but I love everything by him; what a voice, what good music! I should have known that you, too, would appreciate him.

The pic of those sailboats...oh, how peaceful; this is exactly the pic I needed to see today. When I put those together with the very clear shot of the I heart U rocks (that is what I saw immediately)? Well, Deb, once again I have found so much just by dropping by to say "hi" to you. I wish I had the words to adequately express just how grateful I am for your words, your pictures, and your sharing spirit. Just always know how much it is appreciated. How much YOU are appreciated!

Love and gentle hugs~~

Maria-Thérèse said...

wow, I ♥ C ?!
What a beautifully shaped rock!
Is that the Atlantic you see?
I spent some time in France last summer and that was the first time I really saw what tidal waves could be like.

♥ visit me at

Maria-Thérèse said...

Of course I see a C when everyone else sees a U :D

More mysterious with a C though! :D

Lorrie Veasey said...

I heart u!

delighted heart said...

It's a love letter from the Lord...I love you..He says. Because He does. Isn't that amazing! Right after the pain you had last week with the anniversary and all. So glad you saw the message...I'd say you are on the right road!

delighted heart said...

I'm back!!! Just read something at another one of my favorite blogs. Thought of you.....

Kathleen Botsford said...

Sailing changed my life...big-time! Thank you!

Kathleen Botsford said...

My email keeps getting bounced back!
You are always such a DO know that, don't you? Actually, Victoria liked the portrait and I confiscated Alex's for me. I had ordered one and called the photographer to cancel that very day. He is blowing it up and putting it in the window of his art gallery!!! I really am not taking it personally but it is so nice to know you are there, having similar experiences and walking with me. This internet is so funny...I feel closer to you than most woman I know in my own community!!! How close do you live to San Diego? We are going there for Spring Break the last week in March. I would love to meet for lunch if you are close by!
The sailing thing...Christopher Cross' song is what was the catalyst to propel me out of a VERY physically abusive first marriage when I was young. I had always wanted to learn to sail, to really know how to sail, not just hang out on the boat while everyone else did the work or "told" me what to do. It was on a very short Bucket List at the time. Learn to Sail. Learn to fence and take up the Violin again. My husband frowned on them all. When "Sailing" came out, I had a vision of myself as a old woman sitting on a rocker on a porch regretting all of the things I never did. His song was the catalyst that gave me the courage to leave. I was the first member of my entire extended family to get a divorce AND we were devout just wasn't done!! Anyhow, there is my story in a nutshell! CC and Sailing will always have a special place in my heart! Thank you for reminding me!!
Much love,

Claire said...

I love that song so much that I wrote an essay about it in high school! :)

I see "I love you."

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I can NOT stop singing this song. Thankfully I LOVE IT!!

Hallie :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful song, musician, pictures and of course your writing. You are always such a pleasure to read.

Debra W said...


I hope that everything is going well in your life. It is always wonderful to hear from you! Thank you for letting me know that you are here.


jenx67 said...

There is something so heavenly about sail boats. The water looks like glass. Sail boats remind me of little boys, and since I have one, I want to get me some litte sail boats and find a creek and ...

Christopher Cross - brings back so many memories of my sophomore year of high school. He never gets old.

rivergardenstudio said...

How beautiful the Pacific ocean is... and the gifts that it gives to you... I love the way you cherish it... thank you for this lovely post and have a happy Sunday! Roxanne

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