Ogunquit

Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”, and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:9-10

Dearest Ogunquit,

You had my heart at our first introduction. I have found myself over and over again in your presence. I have walked with Jesus and shared my fears and dreams with Him on your sands. My children have known you for most of their lives. Everyone of your beaches, streets and paths holds a memory of them for me. I can hear their laughter there. My babies have fallen asleep by the lullaby of your waves.

Because of you, I know the joy of singing with strangers and dancing in the street. I have met a thousand people, momentarily being forever friends with them, sharing the stories of our lives and then quietly moving on.

Because of you, I know where to find the best Cuban toast, chowder, lobster, fish and chips and pizza.

Your seasons enchant me with your lazy summers, crisp autumns, magical winters and breathtaking springs. Everything is prettier and more mesmerizing with you. Your beauty and kindness inspire me.

The day after I buried my father, I ran to you to weep in your arms and you comforted me. Your ocean has given me refreshment, revival and hypothermia… just that one time, and I forgive you.

Your waves have been the hand of God’s Majesty pulling me like the tide back to my childhood, where my father is teaching me and my siblings to ride the waves. I have seen him there in the spirit of my brother.

You have brought endless memories to my entire family. You are sweetness and a calm for my mother.

I am always filled with sadness when I leave you but fear that moving to be with you will somehow diminish my joy of running to you. You are a gift from God, Ogunquit, and I will be forever grateful. Don’t ever change.

See you soon,

Shelley