Some words that came out of my mouth today …”sometimes relationships with others is like a wave on the seashore…there is an ebb and flow.” Close and not feeling as close. Ever changing. Sometimes thunderous crashing and churning with words that are full of emotion. Other times gentle lapping with words that are soothing. Sometimes a backdrop of cloudless brilliant blue skies. Happiness shining through. Other times a backdrop of angry gray of an approaching storm. Sadness gathering up ready to overflow. Different hues of green, blue and gray ocean water that are visible through the ever changing light. Relationships.
The conversation between the ladies of the Literacy Room was focused on daughters. Some young still at home and others grown on their own. Our own relationships present and past with our mothers. Ever changing.
The conversation ended but the connection between relationships and waves continued to break in my mind…my relationships with my colleagues, my spouse, friends.
Sometimes those waves can knock you down but I know from childhood days spent at the beach you laugh or cry, wipe the spray from your face, and wait confidently to stand again. I also know that there will be other waves that will just gently lap my feet. Ebb and flow. Ever changing. Waves. Relationships.
My Life With The Wave is written by Catherine Cowan and illustrated by Mark Buehner. The picture book is based on the story by Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz. A great model of personification for readers and writers.