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The Smell of Salt When deprived of water a sponge becomes hard and brittle It shrivels up like a wilted flower lifeless Water relaxes sponges fills them up makes them soft and supple At times I find myself becoming hard and much in need of something to fill me up and restore my deadened senses to if you will water me The ocean satiates my senses and rejuvenates my spirit It awakens me from my trance imposed upon me by the insensibility of the world For me the ocean has always represented escape new beginnings adventure What things lie on the other side what wonders does it hold in its deeps Many a tale has been told by the ocean whether released from the depths or cast upon the beach Some of my most vivid and beautiful memories were made so by the sea and its shore When I was a little girl my family had a summer house on a point There was a huge white monastery next door with a high sea wall in front of it At high tide the ocean came right up to the wall and slapped against the stone At the walls end the land flattened out into a sandbar In June at low tide you could walk down there and the sandbar would be teeming with horseshoe crabs heavily armored and prehistoric-looking If you looked closely you could see air bubbles rising up from small holes in the shallow pools a telltale sign of a hermit crab I loved walking to the sandbar and seeing all the life I was fascinated by it Sometimes though Id stay too long and get caught on one side of the sea wall by the tide To my childs mind the ocean could be scary Getting home became an adventure but I somehow always made it safely If you were to walk the other way down the beach towards the
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