Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cause down the shore everything's alright...

If I could live anywhere, I'd live at the Jersey shore - not the fist pumping Jersey Shore shore - but Strathmere, Cape May, Ocean City? I'd live there in a second. I grew up going to Ocean City, and through the years migrated to other shores: Sea Isle, North Wildwood, Cape May, Strathmere. Some of my best memories were made down the shore, and not to be new agey, but I feel very much myself there. MFD feels the same way, which is why we chose to get married down there.

The shore is laid back, easy, no fuss. Throw some clothes in a bag and go. I pack my beach bag with a big hat, long sleeves for when the wind turns between 3 - 4 p.m., sunblock, two books, crosswords, twizzlers, and plums or nectarines, and I'm content to be at the beach all day.

I like it when it's sunny or overcast. I like the beach in the spring, fall, winter. I like it when it's raining.

I love to travel to places I've never been, but when it comes right down to it, I'd choose the shore over any other destination. Every time I go down, I'm reminded of so many great times shared with people I adore. Since I'm heading down this weekend, here's a little through the years kaleidoscope.

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.  
~Isak Dinesen
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea.
- e.e. cummings
hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky 
let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic...
~Van Morrison

A beach was a fine place to come to terms with all the cycles of the universe. 
~Pat Conroy, Beach Music
To me there has never been anything more evocative of 
summer and wildness and bittersweet joy than a sea wind. 
Anne Rivers Siddons, Outer Banks
In still moments by the sea life seems large-drawn and simple. 
It is there we can see into ourselves.
~Rolf Edberg
There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is 
the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, 
that is the interior of the soul. 
~Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free, 
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands, 
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves, 
Let me forget about today until tomorrow. 
― Bob Dylan

The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. 
It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. 
No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can't.
~Christopher Paolini, Eragon

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
-- T. S. Eliot

We'll be making more shore memories this weekend with Amanda and Frank.

It's nice to have something to look forward to in the middle of the week, no?

Wishing you all a stellar Wednesday,


  1. Holy crap - I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!! May I share it? I am at this very moment in the process of planning 2 separate weekends at the shore, one with my friends in Cape May and one with my boys/girls/little girls in Ocean Grove. There is no better place to be for me. LOVE the quotes, LOVE the pics, LOVE the ocean!!!

    1. Sure you can share it! I am shore focused next summer. I'm already plotting it out!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this! Love the beach, too, and now in lieu of traveling to the beach I have the next best thing- my happy, healing, rejuvenating, salt-water ocean oasis pool! BUT, I would live at the beach in a nanosecond if it were feasible.
    And now to Strathmere- which is now my favorite Jersey shore location, Carpe diem the entire weekend!Will be seeing u maybe tonight with your coolers, beach towels,& some Pop tomatoes.
    Love you to infinity & beyond!!!! Your MOMMA

  3. I 100% agree with you. I love the beach. It's my second home - Wildwood more specifically. What a great post! Enjoy your beach weekends! I won't be back down until the end of September but I like you...I will take the beach all year round.


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