Friday, May 15, 2009

I must go down to the sea...

I Must Go Down to the Sea

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull's way and the whale's way where the wind's like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick's over.

- John Masefield

This past week we had the privilege of enjoying my boss' condo on the beach in Florida. What a wonderful time of rest and relaxation we had!

As for the Dad read and quoted poetry to us as we were growing up and as I sat on the beach one night, this poem came to me and I quoted the first stanza to my Sweet Girl. It reminded me of how I need to be teaching her the poetry that my Dad taught us kids.

Trying to get us all smiling for our annual beach picture.

Uncle James always let's us bury him or make him into a mermaid or something fun!
Ear to ear grins from Sweet Girl in the pool

Pedicures by the ocean...

Watching the Blue Angels practicing (free!!!) and oh so cool!

Mmmmm watermelon...
Posing on the boardwalk

Playing in the sand....

Sweet Girl's first "snow ball" and mine too (I hate to admit it!). She chose banana flavored (ewwww)...

and finally...we found three sea dollars! I've never found one and this year we found THREE! How beautiful....

Ahhhh the sea...I'll miss you until next year.


Keetha said...

What a little cutie you have!!! The watermelon picture is a heart breaker!!!

Joyce said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today (cupcake bloopers). I love the shot of your daughter with the watermellon. It is so colorful and her smile lights up the photo. Now that was one nice condo your boss lent you for the week. I love to be on the beach. Now those blue angels are awesome to watch and a bit scary how close they fly and how fast. In San Francisco they buzzed the Golden Gate bridge and took our breath away. Brave pilots and a little crazy too:) Not sure I would try those stunts.

Cindy said...

Oh!!! Thank you for the blog today! I needed that. And as for Little Miss Watermelon!...Precious!

Mrs. Jones said...

I can feel the sand in my toes! I must go down by the sea, too.


Empty Nest Full Life said...

I must hurry up and go down to the sea soon! I love your pictures. Your little girl is so cute! Looks like she had a blast. There is truly nothing like relaxing at the beach! Have a great weekend! Jackie

Amelia said...

Oh the memories these snapshots will bring in the years to come. Loved them...just looking at little girl and knowing how fast she is growing. Thanks for sharing the fun times you had at the beach.

Enjoy the weekend -

Meg Bennett said...


Your welcome for checking y'alls blog out, I do intend to keep coming back.

I emplore you to try the banana pudding, it is to die for and oh so rich.

Hmm the paint by numbers- I actually found one today at a garage sale for a dollar- one dollar. Wonderful. You'll have to come back to my blog and check it out.

Thanks for the comment and please keep coming back.


Tausha said...

beautiful! It is times like this when I really wish that I lived by an ocean. dang desert!!!

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Oh my gosh, what a wonderful time you guys must have had! I love the photos! :) And the poem too.

Darlene said...

What beautiful pictures!!! How neat to be able to use a private condo in Florida!

Our snowball places are open now and the other day Lexi begged for one. I took her and guess what flavor she got..........pickle...YUCK!!!!!! I'd go for the banana flavor any day over pickle!!!!!!!

Tara said...

Wow, what a fun vacation! And your little girl is adorable, love the pedicures by the ocean, too cute!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness, the adorable pix are to die for. The one of little missy on (dock/boardwalk???) belongs in a magazine.
All of my children went to an Elementary School that had them memorize several poems each semester. I LOVED it and I know it helped them scholastically too. Sounds like you had a wonderful Daddy. : )

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