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“Colorful Seahorse”

Mixed Media Art

Sharon Cummings

2014

I know today is all about 911 and that most people will be talking about that horrific event in American History.  It is burned into my memory mainly because I had a little girl in kindergarten at the time and I can recall vividly rushing to her school with all of the other panicked moms.  Hugging my Muslim friends who had removed their Hijabs out of fear of attack.  It was indeed awful.  Explaining that to a child was beyond comprehension.

So today I take you back to my kindergarten year and good memories that I hope will make you smile on this day.  I grew up the first half of my childhood on Siesta Key, FL.  We did not have an ocean view as we were not wealthy, but a very modest home on one of the side streets.  Right next door was a fish market that would smoke mullet all day.  When bored, I would wander over there and if I smiled cutely, they’d give me a sample of their fish.  It was so yummy.  But what I remember most is that they had this vertical fish tank in the corner of their store.  It was filled with tropical fish and mainly seahorses.  I was so intrigued by how they swam with such small fins.  I would watch them for hours.  One day I noticed one of the very “fat” seahorses was making jerking motions and much to my delight he was having babies!!  I squealed with so much joy that all of the customers rushed over to look in the tank with me.

I remember the proprietor asking me if I wanted a little tank of my own with some of their seahorses to care for.  I did, but then I thought about it and decided i didn’t.  It was much more satisfying to sit and watch the fish over there and besides, I wouldn’t get free seafood goodies at home. 😉

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Colorful Seahorse Art Prints

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