ODD TO SEE a kitchen chair on the sandy floor at the beach I thought. Odder still that it faced the path where people walk, rather than the ocean. I take this route at Crescent Beach often so the new sight caught my attention.
As I got closer I saw a tiny painted shell on the chair with a message. It seemed a caring person hoped to inspire passersby.
It said, "Do more of what makes you happy."
It is hard to argue with that unless eating cake and ice cream all day long is your favourite thing to do.
The mystery deepened and the message became less clear two days later when I found the shell replaced by sunglasses (pictured below) and the chair moved to the opposite side of the same beach.
Hundreds of bright red rose petals, encircled by seaweed, mingled with crushed seashells and countless grains of sand. What could it all mean?
When I returned the following day, I found the sunglasses replaced by a phone number of the person who took them scrawled on the seat of the chair. For the first time I noticed sticks amid the seaweed framing the flower petals with the shape of a heart. Something compelled me to place the chair within the heart.
When I sat on the chair, it felt a bit magical and even transformative being there amidst the petals, sand and sparkling sea.
After a day of heavy downpour, I went back to the same spot. Seaweed, flower petals and sticks mixed with the grainy sand, tattered by the rain and ebb and flow of the tide. Although the chair had vanished, its fleeting moment of enchantment could still be felt along the damp beach floor.
Later, the seashell message still tugging at my imagination, I drew a note with my wishes and sat it on the chair that now stands in the unknown somewhere.