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The BEACH...
By Ed Matlack
Monday, February 23, 2009

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...darkness doesn't always bother...

No amount of darkness can bring on the fear that the woods brings when hiking the beach anytime of the day or the night. Perhaps its just we enjoy what we know, we only fear that which we do not know or for that matter understand.

Since I was four years old I walked the beach for miles upon miles, even at that young & ripe age I skirted the shoreline from my home to the next town. In the darkness my fears were subsided by my mother ocean, pounding against my beach, Northeast winds bringing with it salted spray. NOTHING there could harm me, I was in my mothers safe arms, she would not allow the worlds insanity to hurt me. Surely she too had her temper tantrums, a storm when I was but seven made me a bit more fearful of her might. That first night even as the house shook, and other homes were ripped from their foundations, my house was left relatively unscathed. That was mom ocean protecting her young and I slept through it all with nary a whimper.

The fear I’ve felt walking in the woods, or in cities NEVER seemed to arise when on my beach I did trod. Standing on the seawall with storm waves blowing up and around me, only brought to me a feeling of power of desiring to be one with her. She did nurture me when I was young, and help me to grow & knew when I left, that back I would come, one day. For none of us can be away from their mothers long, be they human or Nature. Others talk of their relationships with their mothers & I say so very little. As my mother is made of salt & water, sand & shell, my mother is the ocean, of that to others I will always tell.

© ed ~~~~~ February 23, 2009


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/19/2011
Nicely expressed, Ed. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 2/26/2009 it a lake or the my favorite place to be. I feel a calm and a peace that I feel nowhere else. This is a beautiful write, Ed.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/24/2009
Nice story, Ed; well done, my friend! BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by John Coppolella 2/24/2009
Brought my memories back of Lake Lanier at night.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/24/2009
Every sailor loves to go away, thousands of nautical miles and after awhile you wish to see the beach, any beach, with golden sands, and palms, and a gentle surf...


Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/24/2009
As you know I love the beach, the surf, and the sea and enjoy every time I visit there. Great story my friend thanks for sharing.

Reviewed by Tom Hyland 2/24/2009

While my attraction to Momma H2O can in no way match yours, have always loved being by any body of water - Ocean - Sea - Lake - Pond - River - Creek - Puddle - Rain-Drop - Snowflake - even!

Considering our PERCENTAGE of said liquid in each of our Bodies, perhaps it is the reason for our AFFINITY?

"An average adult body is 50 to 65 percent water -- that's roughly 45 quarts. Men are more watery than women. A man's body is 60 to 65 percent water, compared to 50 to 60 percent for a woman. In infants, the figure is a whopping 70 percent according to statistics compiled by the International Bottled Water Association."

They could be a tad BIASED, but nevertheless:

"Percentage of water making up tissues, organs, fluids and bone in the human body: Brain 75%, Heart 75%, Lungs 86%, Muscle 75%, Liver 85%, Kidney 83%, Bone 22%, Blood 83%, Saliva 95%, Perspiration 95%"

ED - that all being said -


Your Fiendish Friend - Tom.

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/24/2009
Fill up a big plastic bucket with ocean water and sand, and bring it with you to the great Northwood. That way, Momma Ocean will even protect you, in the forest, while you sleep under the pines.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 2/24/2009
what a beautiful write--you have been blessed

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