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Past The Beach Roses Essay

1111 words - 5 pages

Growing up on an Island is an adventure. The summers are full of swimming, boating, and lobster bakes. Floating the incoming tides on a found piece of driftwood in the warm afternoon sun. Summer residents, and tourists would arrive early in June; making our sleepy little Island explode with activity. The cove filled with people having picnics on the beach. A warm evening with a heavy full moon reflecting on the water watched over the occasional street dance. Lobster boats shared the waters around Casco Bay with assorted pleasure crafts.
As soon as school closed for the summer the walk down the hill, past the bright pink beach roses, found the local kids at the cove celebrating the end of ...view middle of the document...

A strong scent of balsam greeted me as I walked into the tiny gift shop. The aroma came from small balsam stuffed pillows and tiny log cabins that hid balsam sticks inside. When they were lit they sent columns of the scented smoke curling through their tiny chimneys. On the back wall wood shelves dressed with red gingham ribbon and lace along the front edge, held small handmade ocean themed decorations of all shapes and sizes. Baskets of colorful post cards were displayed on the front counter. While Pauline got our cones ready I would look around as long as I could. Pauline and her mother spent the winter months making stuffed toys, pot holders, and colorful aprons to sell in the shop.
After our sherbet treat, I would help gram in the store, because you couldn't swim for an hour after you ate. Then back to the cove, down the hill past the beach roses, the kids drifted back to the cove a couple at a time. By three o'clock the fishing boats started returning from the haul, and the day at the cove came to a close for most of us.
Many weekends meant the family coming together, loading my dad's boat with drinks, chips, hot dogs, potatoes, clams, corn, and baked goods. On the way to Pond Island we would stop at one of dad's crates to pick up some lobster, and have a lobster bake on the tiny Island. The men would set up a fire in a ledge and loaded the hot coals with the feast. Then they covered it all with seaweed and let it cook. While we waited we would scour the shore for the treasures the ocean tides had left for us to find.
As with all good things summer would come to an end. On Labor Day we said good bye to the summer residents on their way back to the cities for the winter. The day after Labor Day Route 24 looked like an exodus, with everyone trying to leave at once. Our Island would once again become a cozy little hamlet. For the children, September brought school, alarm clocks, new shoes, new clothes, notebooks, and lunch boxes. Cooler days brought an end to...

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