Monday, August 17, 2009

Oceans or Mountains?


Don't think about it. Just answer.

Oceans? Or Mountains?

Did an answer pop into your head, sure as fish on Friday? Or are you thinking ... oceans or mountains what?

See, I have this theory that people are either oceans or mountains. It's not a personality theory, but a theory of which of these is sort of your "home." No mushy-gushy mythological mumbo-jumbo about primal natures or anything (unless I've had a couple of martinis). Not any big statement about male/female dichotomies. It's just that of these two - oceans or mountains -one will resonate with a person more than the other.

I've asked this question many times, and only one person has ever refused to answer, trying too hard to analyze just what I was asking. Everyone else has always come firmly down on one side or the other.

I'm mountains.

I should be oceans. I'm a Pisces for God's sake. Nevertheless, the thought of mountains just fills me with warm fuzzies. Nothing against oceans. I absolutely love water. I love fish. Seaweed. Amphibians. It's just that a burbling brook, tumbling waterfall, or crystalline lake floats my personal boat more than the seven seas ever can.

Nevertheless, I'm starting to "get" the ocean people a bit more. This week, I spent time at my dad's near the Washington Coast, and our days were filled with the things ocean people love - going barefoot in the sand, whipping each other with seaweed, finding shells and crab exoskeletons.

Of course, the great thing about the Pacific Northwest -- you don't have to choose. We've got both, meeting and melding. Hike up on the cliffs above Dead Man's Cove at Cape Disappointment to take in the breathtaking view of an ecosystem in its full glory:

I was excited to spend my trip with two little tykes, my nephew Henry, and my "nephew" Desmond. Because if we want our kids to grow up to be able to answer the question -- "Oceans or Mountains?" -- to really know which one thrills in their deepest hearts of hearts, we have to leave them oceans and mountains to experience. We have to get them out to roll in the waves and hike up the cliffs. If they don't have the chance to do these things, then why will they care if they vanish?


Which one are you? Oceans or mountains?


Jenny said...

I am sooo an ocean person. Like you the thought of the ocean and beach fill me with happiness. Though my view may have been influenced by the fact that we spent at least two weeks every summer at the ocean so I relate all my fun childhood vacation memories to the ocean. I'm so glad you had a good time. Thanks for all the goodies here, come stay anytime you like.

Catfish said...

We had the best time! It really was perfect, especially for the kids. They got SOO tired with our activities, and they loved having a place to come back to. Also, the trampoline was a big hit!

thelifeofdesmondriley said...

Mountains! But you knew that.