It was My Beloved’s birthday yesterday and along with our son Ben and his family and our daughter Stephanie we went to a beach a little south of Half Man Bay. We’d not been their before. I think it was called Dunes Beach. The weather was sunny and wonderfully cool. The waves were large for our area and gorgeous. The beach wasn’t at all crowded. We got to to enjoy being with each other, and playing with our four year old grandson Thomas. As the Birthday Girl, My Beloved got to play all day with him, while his parents rested and napped. Parents of young children know what a rare and precious gift that can be. I got to enjoy it all while writing a key chapter for my latest book project, It Was Her Eyes.
Shortly after we arrived, I looked up to see a water spout fairly close to shore. I pointed it out to the others and soon we saw more and more of them and began seeing the the dark backs and relatively small dorsal fins of whales as they lifted them out of the water to dive shortly after blowing. By the shape and size of their dorsal fins we decided they were Humpback Whales. They were within about 60-120 yards of shore. They added magic and wonderment to an already spectacular day. The show lasted for perhaps three or four hours with a brief intermission. They would occasionally lift their heads out of the water as if to say, “Hi, are you enjoying the show?”