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Topic: Beach (07/04/05)
TITLE: That's Me
By Paul Potenza
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I was really honked off when “Jaws” came out. It scared me away for awhile. I don’t want to get chomped on by a great white when all I came to do was get a tan and maybe do some body surfing. On the other hand it had to be great for the sharks. I can see them now all smug in their schools, giving each other “high five fins” and shouting “Yeah man!!! We RULE!” all the while wearing their baseball caps sideways and maybe also having their trousers dropping down past their dorsal fins. Of course the older sharks were probably shaking their heads in disbelief at these pups, and asking themselves what the younger generation was coming to. “In MY day the sharks RESPECTED the humans. Oh Yeah, we took a bite now and then but it was mostly your occasional shipwreck victim.”
Anyway, things kind of got back to normal and we all went back to the beach. I’m glad too because the beach is a place that you can go to ANY time. Some of the BEST times are in WINTER. Ever go shell collecting on a cold winter day? It’s MAGIC. The smells, the cold air, the feel of the water on your feet and the rolled up cuffs of your jeans...What a blessing! And the contemplative moments. I watched my oldest brother in prayer...sitting on a rock at Jamestown Rhode Island, looking out at the bay that had served as a source of strength to him for fifty years. Although I had accompanied him to the beach, he didn’t even know I was there...and for a moment...I felt closer to him than I had in a long time.
Weird things happen at the beach too. Take Physics. Why does it always take so LONG to get there (especially when your FATHER’S driving), yet such a SHORT time to come home? How come the first time that you go on your own is so DIFFERENT than when you went with your family. Do you REALLY drown if you don’t wait thirty minutes after you eat a bologna sandwich before you wade in? (Momma’s rule.) Why is a kiss from a girl so much better than it was on your front sidewalk?
Go ahead...Go to the beach...Enjoy, laugh, take a dip. Talk to the old couple holding hands next to you...
That’s me kissing my wife.
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