My first home was a cottage by the sea. I was born March 28, 1949. We moved in for the summer seven weeks after I was born and stayed the summer and into the fall.
Out front was a white sand beach, and the open blue Atlantic. If you sailed in a straight line south you’d hit the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. Out back we had a 16 foot sailboat on a tidal river and a ten acre saltwater marsh. The marsh grass was green all summer and turned yellow in the fall. On two sides of our cottage we had sand dunes higher than a 7 year old, with beach grass that grew naturally. This was so long ago there were no signs that said “Keep Off the Sand Dunes” to prevent erosion.
As a new baby, I listened to the call of sea gulls and tried to eat beach sand. Life at the beach was good. At one year old I had two loving parents, a beach, a boat and the entire Atlantic Ocean at my front door and the ten acre salt water marsh out back.
Green Maine Tourmaline
The Perfect Choice For Anyone Who Loves Maine
Tourmaline is a precious gem mined in the western mountains of Maine. First discovered here in 1820, the year Maine became a state. Maine is well known throughout the world as a primary source of fine gem tourmaline.
The Call of the Gull
We come to the beach and the family cottage on June 1st every year.
On one of my recent first overnights, I remember waking to full sun and a dew-laden bike and car. Everything was wet with beaded dew and there on the car was a clear sandy set of gull prints across the roof. Later, following the path to the beach through the sand dunes, the breakfast club of fifty to sixty herring gulls was assembled on a stretch of white sand, some sitting, most standing.
The tide was high, waves coming ashore as I came to the end of the path. I knew I was a threat. I heard their primal calls. I heard their guttural staccato, and the long, drawn out single notes. I felt the sound in my chest and forearms. When they saw me, the sitters get up. They walked. They looked over their shoulders, looked once, keep walking, looked twice and kept walking, then one took flight, then three. Then seven are scooting, and then a hundred wings are flashing gray and white in the early morning light.
Maine Tourmaline green for sand dunes, beach grass and saltwater marsh. Diamonds for sparkly light on the water. Yellow gold for the sun and the coming of fall.
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