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Oceans For Emotions:

By By Elaine Wheat
Nov. 22, 2013 at 5:22 a.m.

Elaine Wheat

"Simon Peter saith unto them, "I go a fishing."

- John 21:3

With Thanksgiving coming soon, I have continued to think of all of the things for which I am thankful.

First, I am thankful that my son, Jonathan "Buck," had a safe flight back to Chicago and that neither he nor his home were hit by the recent tornados near Chicago.

I am thankful that my son, Brad, has called and wants to come visit me soon. I look forward to seeing my Bradley, giving him a big bear hug and hearing all of the exciting news he has to share - some of that being his fish stories.

Of course, I am thankful that I have high hopes of soon returning to my beach, the one Brad and I love so dearly. I hope that Brad and I will be able to make another "oceans for emotions" article as we "go a'fishing" again.

I am thankful for the magnificent memories my youngest son, Brad, and I have shared at our ocean. How about the time Brad pulled in a saddle blanket flounder when we were fishing on flounder bridge?

As he set the hook, his fishing line forcefully flew through the air and caught onto an electric high line that crossed the bridge. There hung his hook, line and flounder. It was so funny to watch Brad figure out exactly how to maneuver his line to have that flounder and fishing line slowly flip back and forth, until all at once, he jerked the line and landed the fabulous flounder right down on the bridge in front of us. This was a real work of art.

Besides my family, I am also thankful for my fishing and my non-fishing friends. And Lord, I am so thankful that during all of my years of fishing and enjoying our ocean that there has not been any serious accidents along the way, even though there have been some wild adventures.

I am so thankful for the vast array of magnificent ocean memories that I have made and will make with my family and friends. I will always hold those memories close to my heart.

Dear Lord, thank you for walking beside me through the high and low tides of my life. Thanks also, Lord, for always bringing me back to safe harbors through all of life's storms.

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