Because of the response to my post on death, I’m remembering back. I always go to the ocean when someone I love passes. When my father passed in 1969, I went to the ocean in San Diego, found comfort there. With my mother I went to Pierce Point in West Marin where I could walk out on a piece of land with the ocean on one side, and Tomales Bay on the other. I knew my mother was there. I figured my brother would be at a surfing beach so I went to Mavericks Beach near Half Moon Bay and watched the waves as they broke on meeting the shore.
Watching surfers, I wondered if the wave notices when it carries the weight of the surfer who hitches a ride while standing on his or her board. Is there a sense of pride for the wave, or acceptance, or nothing noticed or changed at all?
With that I wonder how each of us carries the weight of grief. Where do we find support? How, and for how long?
As the caterpillar doesn’t recognize when a butterfly flutters by, that, it, too, will one day fly, so, too, we can’t seem to comprehend, or maybe we do, in some wider way, just as we know the wave is part of, and encompasses, sea and land.