What I Miss Most


I have been fortunate enough to have visited places and seen things most of those I know have never been. Jamaica, the Bahamas, Spain, France, Italy, Israel, Egypt…

I have been to Paris, Rome, and Jerusalem. I have seen the Great Pyramid at Giza. I have passed through Gibraltar in the misty morning and stood atop Masada and looked down on the Roman camp below… I have swam in the Dead Sea. So many things, so many places, so many memories…

And yet, what I miss the most is the ocean.

It has been many years since I last stood on the beach and felt the salty breeze blowing through my hair or the soft sand shifting beneath my feet. I have not listened to the heartbeat of waves upon the shore, nor watched the sun dancing upon the waves in far too long.

I know there are many people with a “bucket list”, those things they would like to do before they die… Things like climbing mountains, sky diving, or scuba diving a coral reef. So many things. All the sights and sounds we ignore when life is good, then scramble to accomplish before it’s too late to feel regret.

And yet, I care little for such things.

I want to go back to the ocean. To the salt and wind and waves. I want to simply sit and listen to the cries of seabirds and watch the sun setting over a world afire.

14 thoughts on “What I Miss Most

      1. Being turned into a lobster… I have way too much red in my genes to do anything but hide under an umbrella!!

      2. You know, I once went to Cocoa beach and spent the day… which might have been fine had I known the tanning time was only fifteen minutes. I ended up with second degree burns on my arms, legs, and face… took me months to fully recover.

      3. Well… not at the time, but looking back on it, it was my own fault for not checking the times before we headed out… and I’m sure watching me hobble around for weeks on end was sort of funny… I looked like a bright red sausage in a too tight skin.

  1. I haven’t seen a body of water bigger than Abiquiq Lake in Northern New Mexico for probably more than a decade and that was from a half mile away.. The next big body of water I will probably be seeing is the Pacific Ocean from 30,000 feet and the next body of water from sea level will likely be the Gulf of Thailand.

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