2017-07-13 / Editorial Page

A Sunny Georgia Beach

Across The Savannah
By TOM POLAND

Greetings from Tybee Island, which is a ways south as Georgia goes but certainly not South Geor­gia. No pecan orchards or cotton fields. Just cottony clouds and ranks of umbrellas. I’m here with my Lincoln County family: my sis­ters and their friends and family. It’s the first time in many years that we’ve all vacationed together. It’s good to be here with my Lincoln County family.

A lot of the fun comes from one person in particular, my great niece, Harper. I always tell her that she is a little monkey, and guess what? Unlike most of us, she likes to be called a little monkey. As you can see, she and her mom made up the perfect T-shirts for all this monkey business.

Being at the beach with a child brings back the joys of youth when you couldn’t wait to play in the waves. If memory serves me right, it was here at Tybee Island that I first saw the ocean. Mom and Dad took us to Savannah a lot and we have old photos of the beach.


A Sunny Georgia beach. A Sunny Georgia beach. Back in my day, vendors rented rubber floats for riding the waves. We’d ride them until our chest was raw. I haven’t seen floats like those in a long time. I guess that’s be­cause kids show up with all sorts of boards these days.

Things change but one thing hasn’t: the need for lifeguards and the need for umbrellas. It’s good to see lifeguards on duty, and the sun, as always, shines with no mercy. It reflects off the sand and water and it will cook you good. Instead of soaking up the sun like I did in my youth I wear sunscreen, a long- sleeved white linen shirt, and a hat. And even with all that protection, I sit beneath an umbrella. That’s where I stay until Harper, the little monkey, calls me out to play. Jump­ing the waves is one game we play, and we like to spot porpoises, but the main mission is finding sharks teeth. We had no luck yesterday but she found many “shark teeth.” I had to give her the bad news: all were fragments of shells.


Harper shows off her fabulous beach find of a sharks tooth. Harper shows off her fabulous beach find of a sharks tooth. This morning I googled sharks teeth and showed her just what the fossilized ones look like. An hour later she found one. Just like that. I’m certain she’ll find more.

I’m supposed to be on vacation, so I’ll let a few photographs do the talking. It’ll soon be time to go looking for more shark teeth. Wish us luck.

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Harper the shark tooth hunter and her "Monkey's Uncle" Tom show off their new shirts. Harper the shark tooth hunter and her "Monkey's Uncle" Tom show off their new shirts.

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