Friday, February 17, 2017

Peanut Butter Sandwiches, The Mayflower Compact, and the Moody Oregon Coast

(The Bridge over Depot Bay)

For a native Oregonian, I feel like I have an unspoken agreement with our coast which stretches from Astoria in the north to Brookings in the south.  I know it's there.  I respect it immensely, but I leave it alone.  Because the more time I spend here, the more I never want to leave.  To its credit, the Oregon Coast is just fine with my decision.  
(Fog Rolls in at Yaquina Lighthouse)

Another great agreement was the Mayflower Compact (... whoa, sweet segue), which we stopped outside of Waldport, lathered up some Jiffy peanut butter sandwiches, and read while staring out at the ever-changing and moody, rainy then sunny then rainy again, brilliant Oregon Coast.  My kids and I spend hours talking about the pilgrims and the Mayflower.  How they exiled themselves to The Netherlands.  How they originally set sail on the Speedwell but a leaky hull sent them back to England. How a storm almost toppled the Mayflower but a 'giant iron screw' secured a cracked bean and saved them from a watery grave.  How the voyage, which previously thought would take a month, ended up with 66 days without land.  How the water was so putrid, even the children drank beer.  There were 102 passengers and 5 perished, including a vile and toxic crewman who cursed the pilgrims and whose death was seen as punishment for his sins. Also, a woman actually gave birth to a child on the rocky seas.  Imagine that!  All of these are such incredible events.    
(The Wharf at Garibaldi)

Then when they arrived, the leaders had the profound sense to write up an agreement between one another they all would honor in this new land.  How remarkable is that?  What honor is there today... in anything? Check out this passage:

"For our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony..."  -Mayflower Compact.
(Garibaldi Fishing Boats)

Sometimes the best thing you can do is just leave something alone.  Let its beauty be for everyone.  Rain.  Sun.  Fog.  Wind.  Nature changes so tempestuously.  Unfathonable life altering things will occur.  How can you ask anything of it then but to stay beautiful. Sometimes the best thing you can do is have a peanut butter sandwich and watch the waves from afar and know this is true.

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