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Published on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 by

Yesterday I was moved to tears on the beach from one of the most beautiful sights I have ever laid eyes on.  Mere words cannot begin to paint the picture I was blessed to have seen.

Monday morning we were saddened to hear that our warm glistening ocean dropped twenty degrees over night.  At a freezing 54 degrees, swimming was now out of the question.

So my daughter and I brought down our cast net and threw it a few times, pulling out a tiny bait fish who posed for a picture and was immediately returned to the briny ocean.

corolla bluefish

It was then that we spotted a school of baby blue fish churning the ocean’s surface in front of us.  “I’m going to go get my fishing rod!” my daughter exclaimed as she raced up the beach towards the steep wooden stairs.  I called out, “Don’t go!  They will be gone before you get back!  Elizabethhhhhh!”

I knew it was too late as her tiny little hind-end disappeared over the dunes.  Ten minutes later she reappeared with a fresh water rod, a hand towel, needle nose pliers and one single rubber bait.  “Honey, the fish are gone…”  “No they aren’t!  I see them up there!”  And off she flew.

I raced behind her until she finally stopped far up the beach, directly in front of the same school of fish.  That’s my girl.  I watched her toss in the line a few times, and I even cast it out further at her request.

It was then that we saw the first fin.  And then another.   We dropped the rod and stood mesmerized with a growing crowd of families as we watched the dance begin.

Just fifteen feet from where we stood, a pod of dolphins began feeding on the baby bluefish.  They shot through the trough directly in front of us in the most majestic dance I have ever seen.  Dolphins burst through the surface of the water and completely in to the air as small fish exploded around them.  They swirled, turned, jumped and danced to a crowd of people who could not even speak.

The dolphins were so close we could see bits of seaweed hanging from their fins.  Just a few steps in to the water and we could have touched them.  My daughter slowly wrapped her hand inside of mine and tears welled in my eyes.  No one spoke for those few minutes of shared wonder.

It ended almost as quickly as it began.  You could hear a shared breath of air as the waters instantly stilled.  People began to disburse, whispering at the magic we had all just shared.

Elizabeth and I began to head back, nearing another school of fish that was causing another crowd to assemble.  “I’m going to fish!” she exclaimed as she tossed in her fresh water line.

Before I could cross my fingers she exclaimed, “I got one! I got one!” as she reeled in a baby blue.  I think by then my heart was pounding out of my chest.  I gently wrapped the fish in a towel to unhook it as the crowed looked on.  I let a few small children take a peek at him before we put him back in the ocean.

I hugged my girl, wiped a tear and began to walk back towards our gear.  We were both speechless.

As we walked I said a quiet prayer of thanks to God.  Thank you for letting my daughter’s persistence override my initial answer about the school of fish.  Thank you for her eagle eye and her uncanny connection to nature and its wonders.  Thank you for giving me the skill to teach my little girl how to be a rocking fisherman.  And then I whispered out loud to my daughter, “Thank you God for this magical morning.”  She squeezed my hand and smiled.  Thank you God.

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  • Okay, now I am teary-eyed! What an AMAZING experience for the both of you!

  • How incredibly magical! I'm sure neither one of you will ever forget it.

    • I plan to print the story out and give it to her when she is older, perhaps with a gold necklace with a dolphin charm. 🙂

  • That sight would be something I would carry with me for the rest of my life! How fantastic you were able to share it with your daughter! Amazing and magical! I'm so glad you were at the exact right place at the exact right time!

    • I am still amazed that she saw the fish so far up, that they were still there and that the dolphins were so close… it was incredible that we were there for that particular moment… and we never go up the coast when we walk, we go south… It was meant to be! 🙂

  • What a wonderful experience to share with your daughter. You will probably remember it always.

    • I wish I could magically go back to that moment over and over…. !

  • Amazing…so cool.

    • In a tiny way I wish I had my flip with me to take a video, and in a bigger way I'm glad I didn't because it was just her and I holding hands… I took a video in my head!

  • Wow. This makes me wish I lived by the ocean. How breathtaking.

    • My Dad was in the Navy so we moved a lot. We actually ended up by the ocean quite often – we were lucky. Then he retired in Virginia Beach… so my children were born with salt water in their veins. 🙂

  • Hbarrow

    I am so glad your daughter got back in time to see them and show you too. How awesome. How great that she fishes!! I have a couple of fishermen too!!

    Thanks for stopping by. It's nice to get to know you.

    • I used to hate fishing when I was young. But then as an adult a friend of mine started teaching me how to fish. Then I was the only Mom at all the cub scout camping and would bring the fishing rods… my daughter had to come on those trips so I taught her from the get-go. She caught a huge bass when she was only four! Catch and release for us – however if we were surf fishing and got a regulation flounder I think i would have to get one of the “big guys” to prepare it LOL!

  • What a beautiful moment and how beautifully you captured it to share with us. Sadly, I could not shut the vision of the Gulf and the oil that's now on the Florida beaches, as well. I pray that your little piece of paradise will be protected.

    • I have been telling Mom that we need to go every weekend we can. Last summer we took a break every once in a while, but this summer…? No way. Because next summer, we might not be able to go in the water… I can't even think about that!

  • I have no words.

    Truly magical!

    • I am still holding on to that moment. I am so glad I wrote about it within 24 hours… now I can go back to it when i need a boost. And I can show it to her when she is older!

  • Tracie

    What a fabulous memory for you both to treasure. It's even more special given the situation with the oil leak.

  • Carabee

    What a beautiful story! It is these unexpected moments that are always the most magical.

    Hey, we'd like to feature you next Wednesday at BlogTrotting! Can you have a post ready!

  • I hate when you make me cry!

    • I still can't get over your post where you talked to your son over guacamole!

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  • JoyACookin

    I don't regret that you had no camera. You can be at an event, or you can photograph it; rarely both. This was one of those times you just had to be there. You told the story beautifully, and have a momentous experience to cherish and remember, one that could have taken place a thousand years ago. Hopefully, it will be repeated a thousand years from now, but I wouldn't count on it. The other miracle is your gratitude; another thing you're teaching your child.

    • You made me choke up…. thank you for such a beautiful comment. My daughter spots all kinds of things that I would never even have seen and we often stand and “wonder” at what she finds… I think she comes by it naturally – her love of nature. But if I am any part of her gratitude I would be the happiest mom around!

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  • such a beautiful story!

    • It was such an amazing bit of time. Right now I am on my way to work – starting over again – I have to hold that moment close to me!

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  • lusea

    Amazingly God shows us human loving kindness and tender Love in his creations like the ones you’ve described here.

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