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The sea reclaims


Mother nature always wins. I love the eastern shore of Maryland and Delaware. Its a beauty with sights, sounds, and smells that give me life. I used to think that the worst thing that could happen was a storm that would cause property and beach damage. Boy was I wrong.

I can’t stop thinking about summer coming and the possibility that the vacation might be cut short or canceled altogether. I’m trying to stay positive but each day keeps going by and thousands continue to die each day in this country. And anyone who thinks we are past this or that it’s going to disappear in a few weeks has their head up their backside. But for some reason, all they seem to be concerned about is China and the FBI or maybe supporting the protesters who want to go back to work.

Everyone wants to go back to work. Everyone wants to see their parents in nursing homes. Everyone wants to see their children and grandchildren and friends again and be able to hug and kiss them. Everyone wants to return to normal. But open your eyes to what is going on around you and demand a different course of action from our leadership. I don’t give a rats ass about where it started right now. I do care that it is killing thousands and gutting this country.

I guess the sea didn’t like the steps on its porch. Photo by Mike Hartley

I look at the nurses and doctors fighting to keep people alive and I’m ashamed about even thinking about a vacation but I just can’t help it. A beach vacation is an annual mental recharge. And boy could I use one after the last few months but I have to stop thinking selfishly and just make a good call with the time comes that puts nobody at risk.

I guess I could do a day trip or two if it does open and maybe hit the beach at daybreak for a few minutes to avoid the crowds. Because I know regardless of circumstances there will be crowds. Florida, California, and Georgia aren’t the only ones with people putting fun ahead of safety.

Even if the shores do open it won’t be anything like it was. No big family dinners at our favorite restaurants. No more watching the crowds on the boardwalks. No more sitting on picnic tables with dozens of people around eating crabs. No more wandering into crowded little stores or sitting at the park watching the fireworks. No more sitting outside Dumsers eating ice cream with hundreds of other people.

So I’m going to steel myself that this might not transpire at all this year. I’m going to take it in stride and fill in that mental recharge with something else to keep me going if need be. And if it does come down to not doing it at all I’ll accept that, I’ll smile, I’ll dream of the following year and pray/hope everyone I know makes it to the next time.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • Maybe some sunshine and warmer weather tomorrow will bring an upswing in my mood.
  • Ron White was right. You can’t fix STUPID.
  • We are destroying what was once a great country in record time. And we are doing it from within which is the saddest thing.
  • We are forcing the poor and public servants into life and death situations each day and it’s being done for the wrong reasons. We have the money to support them but we give it to big businesses and the rich get richer even in times of a national crisis.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

3 thoughts on “The sea reclaims

  1. I agree with your last random thought.

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