Jul 23, 2011

Yesterday We Went To The Beach

The Gulf of Mexico was crystal clear to the point where we could easily see silly, sideways walking crabs and tiny white fish. I always think of my favorite poem since childhood on days like this.


When I was down beside the sea




A wooden spade they gave to me




To dig the sandy shore




My holes were empty like a cup







In every hole the sea came up





Till it could come no more






Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)






11 comments:

Lilith said...

I'm envious. I love the ocean. Glad you had a good day.

SECRET PEPPER PERSON: said...

I know Lilith I love the Gulf. If i had moola I'd move there.

Elizabeth said...

I loved that poem, too, and the book it was in -- A Child's Garden of Verses, right? I still remember the one about the swing and the one about being sick at home in bed.

Thanks for bringing back the memories, and your photos are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Looks like fun. Definitely need to be near water if you are going to be outside. Heat index is gonna be over 105 today. Which beach? I love it when you can find lots of critters.
Ms. M

SECRET PEPPER PERSON: said...

Elizabeth: My mom raised me on poetry. I will always be thankful for her love of poetry.

Mrs. M: Pas-a-Grille. Always!

Beverly said...

Your photos are great, and I love the poem. The gulf is gorgeous. I live about 10 minutes from AMI. I don't go too often because of my fair, fair skin.

I, too, love the Robert Louis Stevenson poems.

Island Rider said...

That was one of my favorite poems growing up, too. I live 15 minutes from the beach and never go. Sad. I really should go more often. Does the baby make an exception to her no outdoors policy for the beach?

SECRET PEPPER PERSON: said...

Island Rider: The Baby hates the beach as well. She stiffened up like a board and shook for the first 15 minutes. After an hour she warms up to the the idea of floating...as long as I am glued to her and her floatie.

Kathleen Scott said...

What fun pictures. And gorgeous sunset. I know the kids loved it. Sounds like you did too. I believe in life's little vacations. Glad you took one.

Dani said...

A great way to spend the day!

Diane said...

Love these pictures!!