Marcia Strykowski

Call of the Sea

I’ve always been drawn to the ocean. It amazes and anchors me to have such a steadfast constancy in our lives. And, like my ancestors before me, this pull grows stronger as I age. While growing up I was fortunate to have two sets of grandparents who retired to the coast: my Cape Cod grandparents and my Port Clyde grandparents. Long before I was born, my great-grandmother taught on Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. Along with raising four kids, she was an artist. 

Here is one of her paintings:

“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

Louisa May Alcott wrote the above quotation 150 years ago. Her words are still relevant today and will continue to be significant for many years to come. Now that’s endurance!

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