“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Cousteau
The day before yesterday, I took the girls to see the dolphin show at the Indianapolis Zoo. It is something that my daughters love watching over and over. We watched from the splash zone. Though I wasn’t really looking forward to getting wet, the smiles on their faces said it all.
Why is it that the smiles that come from these angels touch my heart so strongly? Maybe it’s because these radiate from their own hearts. So joy filled that they send happiness surging through my own heart. Memories come as well.
It seems all of my life, the ocean and I have had a special connection. From my birth right next to the ocean, to surfing, to wanting to become a marine biologist so that I might be like one of my heroes, Jacques Cousteau, to even now. And while it’s different for two girls who were born landlocked, I see it in their eyes at the aquariums and at the dolphin show that somehow these Indiana surfer girls are connected to the ocean if only through their daddy.
My eldest turned to me when I was lost in a memory and asked me why I had a tear in my eye. I told her it was nothing -just a memory of surfing with the dolphins. I left out the part that I doubt I will ever see the oceans again. Better that they know the joy that have and not worry about thoughts that ultimately do not matter, right?