Photo a Day Challenge: June 14 – Ocean


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The ocean came to Charlotte once.

On Sept. 22, 1989, Hurricane Hugo made landfall in Charleston, S.C., in Category 4 glory. When the storm reached Charlotte, 85 miles away, he still packed hurricane-strength winds. I woke up after 3 a.m. to find my cat, Cybill, and turned on the radio.

(Side note: We had TVs back then.)

I stepped outside. The wind seemed to push and pull at once, the heavy smell of salt water all around. The sky glowed a menacing sea-green then yellow. Trees snapped and transformers blew to punctuate Hugo’s howling winds.

Today’s challenge word, ocean, isn’t easy unless a hurricane decides to make landfall 85 miles from the coast (reports of seabirds in Charlotte fascinated me – they’d been swept up in the storm and carried inland.)

The toy above has a cool story that has nothing to do with hurricanes.

But it has an ocean. This toy belonged to Elise first, then Marie. We tried to get rid of it – maybe 16 times. Grace had it, too. With it, they all learned words, facts, numbers and music from around the world. Across the globe and oceans and continents.

If I have it my way, we’ll have it forever.

[Check out the photo challenge we’re taking, here.]

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23 Replies to “Photo a Day Challenge: June 14 – Ocean”

    1. it was actually fascinating, and simultaneously dumb to be out there right then, beth. this toy just can never go in a yard sale pile, so long as i’m on this earth, at least.

  1. Ocean. Something I’ve been connected to for most of my life in one way or another. I love your choice of photographs. Hurricanes are amazing in the destruction they can wreak. Since I moved to the west coast, we don’t have any over there to worry about. But we do get earthquakes, mudslides, and that sort of thing.

    1. It’s been a while since I touched the ocean – back when Elise and I went to Ft. Lauderdale for a soccer camp last year. As a Coloradan, the ocean was just in pictures.

      I’m fascinated with hurricanes and prone to crushes on meteorologists. I’m not sure these are related.

      You have plenty else to worry about besides hurricanes over there, Sue!

  2. I swim in the same ocean here in Canada as I did growing up in MD. The water temperature here is about a billion degrees colder! What’s on the globe for Canada? 🙂

    1. It’s all the same ocean, if you think about it. I like when the Michiganders come south and get in the water in April when it’s like 40 degrees.

      They’re ready to roll!

      Canada gets a Mountie and a moose, Eric. And the music was pre-Bieber.

      1. Then the music was likely to be Celine Dion. Michiganders understand cold. My boys were in the lake last weekend and the water is only 50ish. They’re part polar bear.

  3. I’ve only been in the ocean on visits to the east coast but like any body of water for me, it’s a soothing and fascinating thing. Ohio (and now Nebraska) only has things like tornadoes, so no experience with hurricanes but I imagine that devastation is relative. My sons had a similar toy when they were kidlets. No idea where it went. I boxed up the dinosaur one instead. That, and their 50 bajillion Lego sets, matchbox cars and maybbbbe their favorite stuffed animals for when they’re grown up with kids of their own.

    1. To me, the ocean is vast and dangerous. Like a hurricane, it can make one feel small in the grand scheme. (Hell, a large dog can make me feel small, but still.)

      There are some toys that can never be played with enough. that go from one kid to the next with a timeless elegance, if you can call a plasticized contraption with big buttons elegant.

      A box of essential hand-me-downs is a wonderful idea, Nix.

    1. Seagulls here love Walmart parking lots. I think they might have snapped off the norm of sea life in favor.

      If a Canada Goose is born in America, what should we call it?

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