1.19.2011

BEACH WREATH


A young friend of our family presented me with an exceptional Christmas present this year. It is so special to be given something handmade. Kelsey is a college student who is studying psychology; she is also a gifted violinist. (It is usually the busiest people who seem to be able to always find pockets of time.)

My evergreen wreath hangs outside on my garden gate--a symbol of strength and durability, as evergreen will survive the raw winter months. I've seen olive wreaths, and rowan wreaths, and laurel wreaths on statues at the MET, of course. But I've never seen a beach wreath. All the pieces of this wreath are from beaches in Maine and Rhode Island. I've hung it in the entrance hall, and on days when it is much too windy and bitter to walk the coastline, I get a little lift remembering the things we found there. It even smells a tiny bit salty.

The ocean is a useful reminder of renewability, to say nothing of flux. Energy ebbs and flows; days fade and burn; the children come and go. In this circle of beach detritus, I am reminded of those tidal highs and lows, and I realize yet again that you never have one without the other.

12 comments:

Annie @ PlumSiena said...

Now that is a cool wreath!
Lucky you...

Lindsey said...

I adore that! I've always loved shells, and also wreaths. The combination is amazing. xoxo

Madgew said...

Beautiful. You have creative friends.

c said...

The sea
I feel for those who live in land-lock areas, who cannot feel its power, its smell, and its awe inspiring force, day in and day out.

only you could write a post so simple (on the surface) and finish it with one really profound sentence.

It's the reason I follow your writings. Thank you (again)

Karena said...

Dominigue absolutely beautiful!!
I love to see a wreath that is handmade with special momentos!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Cristina said...

...wise words, gorgeous marine wreath...!
(and you must mean a lot to your young friend to have received such a beautiful and original present)

quintessence said...

I love this beautiful wreath! Clearly a talented young lady. And so thoughtful!

Darci said...

After a bout of "highs", I'm in the grip of the "lows" right now, so this was good reminder that things are not always going to be stinky. Thank you.

And that's a beautiful wreath. Enjoy it!

cynthia - thedailybasics.com said...

This is by far the best wreath I have ever seen- fantastic! I posted it on my facebook!

cynthia - thedailybasics.com said...

This is by far the best wreath I have ever seen- fantastic! I posted it on my facebook!

Lexie said...

(Unlurking) That is an amazing wreath. And your words are beautiful; poetic and simple, with a profoundly moving last sentence (as has already been pointed out).

Thank you.

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