Pull of the Tide
by Alice Haithcock, Contributing Crafter
It’s nearly time for us to head to the beach! By this
time of the year our family is absolutely beyond ready for our annual
vacation trek to the Outer Banks.
Memaw and Pop pack up what seems like the whole house
and lead the wagon train with the grandsons in tow. The sons and their wives
bring up the rear of the train at their own pace. Other family members and
friends meander in and out throughout the week as their respective jobs
We’ve taught our sons and are now enjoying teaching
our grandsons the joy and magnificence of the ocean and its sandy shores.
The profound beauty of a sunrise across the ocean is something, in my
opinion, that shouldn’t be missed!
For me, I can’t imagine a walk on the beach during
any season of the year that wouldn’t include picking up at least a few
shells. Polished by months of rolling seas or recently evacuated by their
dwellers, these pieces of nature’s artwork come in all sizes and shapes.
Small or large, they are truly jewels of the sea.
Whether we bring home shells we find on the beach or
shells we’ve purchased in a shop doesn’t matter. If we simply allow them
just a small place in our home they can often remind us — on even the
coldest winter day — of incredible sunrises, sunburned smiles, and
deliciously warm ocean breezes.
A bowlful of shells can make a great centerpiece for a
table or a beautiful addition to any side table. A single shell with a
hanger also makes a great gift item. For the true beach lover, nothing beats
a gift from the sea!