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The "Aqua Inlet" Story
Aqua InletPainted in 05 / 2010
8" x 10" - Acrylic on Canvas

Cape Cod, MA - July 4th
It was my father's month long vacation in 1956. Our family rented a house, and explored various towns and beaches. There were "Lobster Wars" that summer in all the fish restaurants, and that's what we had every other night for 2 weeks. One day I decided to get cool from the hot July sun by going into a beautiful, pristine clear, aqua, waterway leading to the great Atlantic Ocean out of the immediate sight of my father. (My fair complexioned mother wasn't a beach person due to instant sunburn).

Suddenly, I was aware that I was caught in an undertow quickly pulling me out to sea. My father, once an Ohio State Football Player (1923-1926) who stood 6' 4" tall, saw me in distress and quickly ran along the slim strips of beach not encompassed by the swift running waters. He yelled to me to "relax or you will drown", and added, that if I couldn't get out of the grips of the undertow he would "phone the Coast Guard." (In those days, that meant going miles to get to a working phone - no cell phones then). As I was floating along, there suddenly appeared a tiny row boat with an American Flag. I was making more progress from the swift currents out to the open sea than the row boat! I was distracted by this boat when my Dad was in a panic!

I couldn't get out of the surf as the power of the water was too strong to fight. For the first time in my life, I saw fear in my father's face. He dashed into the water, at great peril to himself.  Dad's powerful strength was barely able to rescue me, but he succeeded.

"Aqua inlet" is part of my memory of that summer so many, many, years ago...


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