Gift from the Sea

Greendoor Relaxation

A few days ago, I picked up a book which I hadn’t looked at in 25 years: Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s “Gift from the Sea”. She was an American author, a famous aviator and wife to fellow aviator Charles Lindbergh. Sixty years after she published this book, it still holds beautiful truths and insights to contemplate. In her book, she takes a different seashell for each chapter as a metaphor, reflecting on the lives of Americans, particularly American women, in the mid-twentieth century. She shares her insights on youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment.

Anne Morrow Lindberg 2

The chapter that especially drew my attention this time around is the one called “Double-Sunrise”. Morrow Lindbergh describes a seashell which consists of two halves that are exactly matched. “Each side, like the wing of a butterfly, is marked with the same pattern”. This seashell appears to be the perfect symbol for the…

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