I walked the beach this morning, 45 minutes north and then turned to come home, and on the way back I saw Dolphin. 10 or 12 bottle nose dolphin playing in the surf not far from shore. They swam along side as I continued to walk, surfing 2 and 4 abreast, jumping, flipping, and simply putting on a show. (Well, it certainly felt like a private show — as there was no one else on the beach but me.) I giggled like a child, enjoying their playfulness and the simple beauty of their freedom.
Finally, as I neared the stairway that leads home, I saw a woman walking toward me. I couldn’t tear myself away from the show, and I didn’t hesitate to stop her to share my giddiness. We stood with the water lapping our toes and laughed. She was in awe of how close they were to us, and like me, expressed a desire to go in and swim with them. We didn’t, of course, but for that brief moment, we shared the unique desire and felt like ten-year-olds again!