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Monday, August 26, 2013

Church of the Jetty, Take Three



At seven fifteen, I whisper to my husband, “Do you want to go to the Church of the Jetty?”  By eight, we are there.  I’ve written about it here and here, but each time we go, it's worth repeating.  A dry summer morning.  The August sun, low on the horizon, forces us to squint in spite of sunglasses.  This time, the motor is broken on the dinghy so we row across, accompanied by a chorus of “Go Tell it On the Mountain” from the harbor church service on the porch of the Sailing Club.    

We anchor the boat close in, take the long walk down the barrier beach and hip-hop the jetty to the end, sweatshirts off by the time we get there.  Seagulls
 cough, and cluck at the edges of tide pools.  A lobsterman navigates the Miss Jane through the channel.  Once we drain our coffees, we fanny crawl down the low-tide rocks to the tidal flats, where baby fountains squirt up from the quahogs and razor clams beneath.  Crystal air and gleaming water.  Two herons stick walking across the flats.  Hot bugs warming up in the marsh grass. Washboard waves in the wet sand wearing three-pronged footprints. 

An hour later, we walk the long way back to the boat, to the lawn mowing, the grocery shopping, the week ahead planning, holding to a kernel.  All day long we’ll clutch the essence of this, grateful for a summer morning that had its start, surrounded  by images of prayer.  




10 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww! Beautiful! What a great start to the day! Take care
x

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You had a moment of peace and beauty before the day began!

Bish Denham said...

The image, the essence of your morning came through. So lovely. Thanks.

Robin said...

I felt like I took the journey with you. I had a wonderful time!

Words A Day said...

such a peaceful start to the day, you have it sussed:)

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Wow, you did a dynamite job describing your surroundings. You plucked just the right words out of the air to make me feel like I was right there with you. Wonderful!

Anne Gallagher said...

I am so jealous. Just. So. Jealous.

Catherine A. Winn said...

Oh, wow, you made me feel I was traveling right along beside you.

Carole Anne Carr said...

A lovely thought, through these beautiful images. Carole.

Arlee Bird said...

For some reason I was imagining how this place would smell. I guess that's what I was associating with the place you were describing.

Lee
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