aloha every day

aloha every day

Thursday, July 8, 2010

She sells seashells

She sells seashells down by the seashore... 
(actually I don't sell them...I just like them)

Hail, hail, the gang's all here
"When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment.  It is an impossibility.  It is even a lie to pretend to.  And yet this is exactly what most of us demand.  We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships.  We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb.  We are afraid it will never return."
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

"On its smooth symmetrical face is pencilled with precision a perfect spiral, winding inward to the pinpoint center of the shell, the tiny dark core of the apex, the pupil of the eye.  It stares at me, this mysterious single eye-and I stare back."
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

"My eye follows with delight the outer circumference of that diminutive winding staircase up which this tenant used to travel.  My shell is not like this, I think.  How untidy it has become!  Blurred with moss, knobby with barnacles, its shape is hardly recognizable any more.  Surely, it had a shape once.  It has a shape still in my mind.  What is the shape of my life?"
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

"What release to write so that one forgets oneself, forgets one's companion, forgets where one is or what one is going to do next- to be drenched in work as one is drenched in sleep or in the sea." 
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

"Some days bring special gifts; I am honored knowing that I am not alone.  I rejoice." 
-Cynthia Derosier and Time Anderson, The Surfer Spirit

"I am sure no amount of drill would have implanted the names so firmly as just going through the woods in the spirit of two friends on an expedition of exciting discovery...If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in." 
-Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

"...the best relationship of all: not a limited, mutually exclusive one, like the sunrise shell; and not a functional, dependent one, as in the oyster bed; but the meeting of two whole fully developed people as persons." 
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

"Perhaps this is the most important thing for me to take back from beach-living: simply the memory that each cycle of the tide is valid; each cycle of the wave is valid; each cycle of a relationship is valid.  And my shells?  I can sweep them all into my pocket.  They are only there to remind me that the sea recedes and returns eternally."
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea


1 comment:

Allison said...

Gifts from the Sea is one of my most favorites! Such a beautiful blog post!