As a kid, I was lucky enough to spend a fair amount of my summer on road trips to the beach. My mother loved the ocean, though she couldn’t swim so she and I would spend nearly every weekend collecting seashells and rocks which we would take home and polish to perfection. Some I still have nearly 40-years later as a memory of my mother who has been gone many years. With all those wonderful memories in tow, I still ended up spending the majority of my adult years visiting or living in the mountains. From my first visit, the connection to the pines, oaks and fauna of the Sierra Foothills has held me close for 25-years. The need to experience seasons so well expressed by both the weather a
nd foliage has kept me satisfed for many years; however…
Oddly enough this year I find myself not only missing the sound of crashing waves, the smell of seaweed and the feel of mist on my face that California’s beaches offer, but I am being drawn so strongly that we are actually considering relocating to a small coastal town. I can envision us spending the last part of our life together with daily walks on the beach while the dogs romp in the waves that hit the shore. A bit shocking considering I love the solitude mountain living offers, but perhaps what I seek is not yet known to me.
There is absolutely nothing more relaxing than watching the pure innocence and thrill that both children and dogs experience as soon as their feet hit the sand! When I visit the beach I find my camera capturing these moments of pure bliss by those who unlike me, have no responsibilities, no worries, and no guilt at expressing freedom and joy. It may be too early to tell whether I will follow through with my beach house dream, but in the meantime I miss the coast and oh how the sea calls to me!
So indulge me and enjoy these cards of mine and other wonderful artists on Greeting Card Universe for a brief but potent dose of coastal satisfaction!
Top row are cards by Doreen Erhardt/Salon Of Art
Bottom row in order from Left to Right: Ramelle Richardson, Ricky Knowles, Kj’s & Nan Wright