"Spanish moss hung low over the pond like layers of gray-fringed blankets. Woodpecker and nuthatch beckoned us with snare drum rat-a-tat-tat and whee-hyah."
Friday, July 29, 2011
Posted by Tea norman at 1:53 AM
The above sea shells are only a few of the ones written about in GIFT from the SEA by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The author wisely sees her life and the potential for the lives of other women while walking, writing or just sitting and contemplating life in her seaside cottage in Captiva on the Florida Gulf coast. Gift+Sea+Anne+Morrow+Lindbergh
This book is a treasure. Someone recommended it to me. Did I read about it on Oprah's Book website?? Anyway, it's a book I will always keep. The book is filled with priceless knowledge about the complexities of being a woman. Also, ideas about marriage, friendships and other relationships not being the same ole, same ole but changing entities in our lives.
"And then how swiftly, how inevitably the perfect unity is invaded; the relationship changes; it becomes complicated, encumbered by its contact with the world."
There is so much in this little book I did not know. So much I want to ponder about on difficult days and easy, happy days. The book is about lives ever changing, renewing themselves. It is about me becoming comfortable with myself in order to enjoy solitude and in order to better love the people in my life. The book is truly a GIFT from the SEA.
"When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too."
I had a friend who sent me sea shells all the way from Virginia to Tennessee. She is no longer with us. I couldn't help but remember her while reading the book and looking at different seashells. After reading Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book, I will never look at sea shells in the same way. I never knew they owned such a deep story to tell about my life.
"There are other shells to help me, to put in the row on my desk. Here is one I picked up yesterday. Not rare; there are many of them on the beach and yet each one is individual....Each is fitted and formed by its own life and struggle to survive."
Posted by Tea norman at 1:22 AM