Wednesday Writing Essentials Challenge (2/16/13 – Warm Seas) Write a story, picture essay or poem about the sea. A warm, lovely sea.I’m submitting a re-post written several years ago.
Yesterday I read an article on my Yahoo news page about the noise you hear when listening to a seashell. We all know that it’s the roar of the wind and waves from the ocean that we are hearing. It’s magic, but someone somewhere always has to demystify this magic.
The article said that the noise is actually ambient noise from around us. Science knows that when we hold the seashell to our ear it captures this noise. It seems that different shell sizes create different frequencies therefore creating slightly different swooshing sounds. The article went on to say that we don’t even need the seashell to hear this noise. We can create the same ocean sound by using an empty cup or even by cupping your hand over you ear. Go ahead and try it. I did. I took one of my finest china cups off of its hook and placed it over my ear as instructed and there it was – the ocean. Somehow it just wasn't the same. The magic was gone.
I think I’ll reserve my ocean dreaming to placing my beautiful conch shell close to my ear while I close my eyes and let it take me to places far away. The magic sound of the waves from the ocean rolling gently onto the shore warms me on cold winter nights as I dig for clams in the moonlight. That’s magic.
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