Salt and Sand

boys-on-the-beach-lamarr-kramer

Gray, breezy day
with songs of the ocean
serenading
young children at play
with their imaginations

creating happy faces
and pancakes
in sandy surfaces

delighted to
collect seashells
and half broken
sand dollars

with a feeling of
great 
accomplishment

Lauren Scott © 2014

(This beautiful painting by Lamarr Kramer
was found on Google and there’s nothing like the
innocence of children and the simplest things in life
that brings delight to them.
This was written from a memory with my son.)

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40 thoughts on “Salt and Sand

    • They do make some good memories, whether our own or of our children. And yes, accomplishment is all relative, I agree with you, Chris! Thanks for your kind comment! Hugs and Blessings! ♥

  1. This is lovely, I grew up in So.California and the beach was just a part of my life–so much to discover. Have you read Mary Oliver’s poetry? She’s on the Atlantic and is a dog-love like we are. As for your little Copper (did I get the right dog?)–I’m so glad you haven’t given up on him. Have you tried those really tough Kong toys?

    • Thanks so much, Victoria, and it looks like we’re both So. Cal. girls! 🙂 I’m from Orange County and spent many days at Huntington and Newport Beaches. Good times and memories, but too much sunburn. 🙂 Yes, I’ve read some of Mary Oliver’s poetry, but I’ll do more now…Copper is correct and no, we didn’t give up on him. He’s mellowed out a lot and is still young for a lab, so that’s just the way it is. He loves the Kong toys and also Nylabones are the best for chewing. They are indestructible. 🙂

      • It’s a small world! My Mom passed away two years ago at the age of 90; Dad is living in Riverside county, age 94, still drives! 🙂 I’m planning a road trip to see him next month. It’s nice to meet others in blogland who grew up in similar areas…we currently live in the bay area, north of S.F.

  2. I agree with you about the painting, Lauren, but your words add a light elegance and child-like remembrance of my own yesterdays as a little girl. Thank you, my dear friend! A wonderful poem! 🙂 xx

  3. Lovely thoughts on being a child at the beach, they are some of the best days! I find when I go to the beach now, the sounds, the sunlight, the food, the whole atmosphere really brings back so many memories, and I find as I get older visiting the beach is a lot more emotional, not in a bad way, but the emotion and memories have taken me by surprise sometimes. And I can still remember the sheer excitement at looking out the car window and seeing that huge blue sea as we approached, the vastness of the ocean and an environment that was so different to everyday life, was like arriving in a heavenly realm – beach heaven! 🙂

    • Thanks, Suzy, and I loved hearing about your beach memories…mine are from my teen years going with friends and then taking our children when they were little. Many great memories and I can understand how your visits now can be more emotional. There is something so powerful about the ocean and all it evokes. Happy weekend to you! 🙂

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