It's bittersweet thinking about returning home after these two peaceful days of being at the Best Western Motel, on the beach, in Brookings, Oregon. So many sea-smells, images, and sounds.
We had several gorgeous days of clear skies and warm sunshine. Can't forget the omnipresent, alluring rumble of the surf. I still hear the melodic clang from the off-shore buoys, and the heavenly, mixed bird-chorus that lifted our soul. Sill see the shining, glittering, diamond lights refracting endlessly from the calm seas. They hypnotize my gaze along the infinite, blue horizon.
Susan says the air smells a little fishy. For me, I find the aroma pleasant as it instantly takes me to a zone of relaxation...no worries here. I look over the white and gray driftwood logs to the dazzling ocean view from our balcony slider windows. I open the sliders to let in the sea air and the gentle sounds of the surf. As I step outside, my whole body, heart, and spirit sways to the ocean scenery.
From my vantage point, a butterfly kite dances above in the wind. It makes sweet contact with another kite that looks like a strange, orange bird. Both of their tails and streamers shimmer with flashes of light projected from the ocean below.
As I breathe in these wondrous sights, I noticed a young girl on the beach, just beyond the wild grass, those green bushy things, and the driftwood logs. She stretched out her arms and was spinning slowly in wide circles. Maybe she was captivated by the glorious energy and enchantment of the sea. My heart joined with her in the dance.
Soon, Susan and I will walk the beach again with our two, white, cute but little dogs, Max and Petunia. An earlier walk is still memorable for surprising a resting flock of seagulls, which swirled and surrounded us with feathers as they took off in spontaneous flight. The dogs went crazy, thinking they would bring us a winged trophy. Susan and I laughed and smiled at their antics. Soon the avian veil cleared, and we were entertained further by dive-bombing pelicans searching for their favorite sea food.
These moments and memories will be hard to leave behind. Susan is having some alarming and chronic pain from her liver. She reminded me it would be wise to go home sooner to be close to her doctors. Her recent medical tests unfortunately revealed that she is in stage four of liver disease - cirrhosis.
Such a diagnosis is all so scary and confusing. We have turned the whole matter over to Spirit to handle. I send out my prayers to her for healing every day. I need to remember I am not in charge; God is in charge.
Tomorrow, we head back to our lovely retirement community in Southern Oregon. But the sounds and sights of the ocean lingers with me. I am so grateful for the loving solitude by the sea, which remains indelibly etched in our mind, heart, and soul. This special, sacred place of Love-Light will never leave us regardless of where we are or where we go. I smile as I hold on to that comforting thought of Truth, at last, ready to return home.
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Sending all of you Love, Light, and Joy. Gary and Susan Eby.