OB Pier

Ocean pier

Calm sea

Summer sun

Fishing poles

Seagulls squawk

Pigeons coo

Japanese, Vietnamese, Spanish, English

Children laughing

Reels whizzing

Smell of fish, smoke, and sea salt

Sound of skateboards, and bare feet slapping

Bird wings rustle

Rush of the tide on pilings

Splash of young fools jumping into the sea.

By Cathie Tonkins, 6/6/2001

By Marisa Donnelly

Marisa Donnelly, M.Ed., is a writer/editor, credentialed teacher, proud bonus mama, and CEO of Be A Light Collective, a coaching and content creation business and digital marketplace. She is the Director of Donnelly’s Daily Apple, a flexible learning/tutoring and educational resource platform, and the lead voice for Momish Moments and Step by Step Parents, verticals dedicated to sharing and advocating for non-traditional parenting journeys. Marisa currently resides in San Diego, California, with her fiancé, kiddo, and their two rambunctious Pitbulls. ❤️

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