On New Year’s Day I bundled up and took a walk down to the beach in search of sea glass. Mind you, it was close to 17 below zero with the wind chill, Lake Erie was frozen at the shoreline, and I was not properly dressed, but that was not going to stop me from getting my sea glass fix.
It had been a good two months since I had stepped out on the sandy shores of Lake Erie in Vermilion, Ohio, to take part in one of my favorite pastimes, walking the beach and looking for sea glass. I don’t want to hear any crap from you – yes, Lake Erie is an inland sea!
To be honest, I didn’t think I would find any sea glass that day; I walked for quite a while before I found my first piece. I was really excited, until I realized I couldn’t dislodge the friggin’ piece of glass from the ground because it was frozen to the sand. I found an old plastic toy sand shovel and started digging fiercely into the frozen beach.
At this point, I didn’t care how cold my hands were, I was not going to leave until I got the glass! Finally, the glass came loose and flew so quickly into the air that I never found it. Instead of getting pissed off, I just laughed at how ridiculous I was and continued on with my search. I got my reward a little later when I found a pocket full of sea glass that I was able to pick up without a struggle (including one really cool blue piece). Quite a nice haul for a frozen January afternoon!
The cold air was invigorating. I could hear the sound of the waves crashing up onto the icy shoreline and, despite the chill running through me, I took a big deep breath of the cool winter air and felt a surge of happiness. The sea glass clinked in my pocket and snowflakes started to fall on my face and I thought, what a great way to start the year!
I put a few of the pieces I found that day on my work desk to remind me to breathe deep and to laugh when obstacles are keeping me stuck to the sand.