Monday, March 29, 2010

Mi madre, la mer

We're beachcombers, he said.

What is that?
It's people who walk along the beach looking for things of value that might have washed up.
What kind of things?
Any kind of things. Anything that you might be able to use.
Do you think we'll find anything?
I don't know. We'll take a look.
Take a look, the boy said.
from The Road by Cormac McCarthy

What would I do without the sea? I am sure there is a way to live without but I would prefer to always be close to her. It is actually pretty sad that I haven't had a lot of time to spend in the water these past few months. I miss her enough that I plan to see her today. How lucky are we to live surrounded by the water? Can I afford a lunch hour swim? Why not?

A few days ago, DJ, Hayden Lucas, Laurina and I to Wing Beach. It was a good day.
Here's Hayden pointing at a balati (sea cucmber). He was calling it ga'ga' (animal or insect), one of his first words in Chamorro. I tell him Holothuria leucospilota but I'll save that prank for him when he is a lot older.

I love Wing Beach. This was once an ancient Chamorro village. From time to time, you can still find evidence of their presence here. I think it was part of the village of Luyo which usually described at Paupau Beach.
This is prime hunting grounds. Most of the rocks I use for slingstone replicas are from Wing Beach. She offers a lot of colors and varieties.

Hayden's momma asked me, "Why does he look up like that all the time?" I told her it was probably mostly my fault as I tend to point out birds, clouds, the moon and stars to the boy. I think he was looking at a bird flying overhead.
Do you see the two butterflies?
Or do you see the angel taking flight?

The clouds did not offer a clear view of the sun setting. It did however give us a glorious sun burst.
Hayden has a thing for chucking stuff. He laughs at the sound coral rocks make when they hit the ground.
I am sure that arm will be good for something as he grows up. Too bad his uncle's sport growing up was tennis and volleyball. Oh, I see where that can be developed into a smash or a spike.
Is it time to go already?I hope you get to enjoy the sea soon, my friends.

Ti napu.

The Beachcomber


Drea said...

It's been a while since I've been to the beach. :( Hopefully some time this week I'll make it down. Whenever we do make it to the beach I try to pick up glass and sort out the smooth pieces to keep and the sharp ones to throw away. I found a drill bit for glass so hopefully I'll be using that soon. :)

The Beachcomber said...

The water beckons, my friend! Make sure you wear eye protection while drilling. I took a class in traditional stained glass when I was 16 and we only had a day to finish a small piece. I remember making mine too complex & working through the breaks just to finish. I couldn't wipe the sweat off my face because of the chips of glass that flew there from the grinder. I managed to finish & that has been one of my best art experiences since.

Deece said...

Lovely pictures. I see angels. Wing Beach is our favorite, absolutely gorgeous.

I need to live near the ocean. I didn't like living so far inland when I was in college. Thankfully, when I met James, he would drive us out to Long Beach and other areas closer to the sea pretty much every weekend. Whether we touched the water mattered not; just seeing the ocean was comforting. I don't know what it is, I cannot get in the ocean past my knees, sometimes I cannot get in at all. I am incredibly overwhelmed by the vastness of the sea, but I love it so. I love to be near it, to see it, to smell it. I even love being in those little para sailing boats. I even love para sailing - as long as they don't dunk me. Just don't dunk me. My favorite drive in the world is right here along Beach Road.

Drea, I hope you get out there soon.

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