Rose's Empty Benches At Dawn. Photography And Text By Keith R Wahl
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There is a private park at Point Judith in Narragansett. Rose Nulman Park. It's a place visited all year long.
This visit was early on the morning of December 9, 2021. The visit was after light snow that placed a sugar-coated dusting on the ground. I rolled out of bed early to make this visit. I had to.
Why did I have to visit? Because the following posted on Facebook on the previous afternoon: (Rose Nulman Park - Posts at 1:51 PM)
On a personal level, I remember sitting at a restaurant window watching the waves as a child. This was for my Grandpa's birthday. I ordered fried clams that day.
Later, long after the restaurant closed, my soon-to-be wife and I would buy hot buttered lobster rolls nearby. This is the place where we would come to eat them. After children, we would stop here and snack on clamcakes or doughboys. It's the first place that we would visit in spring or a place to stop because we wanted to look at the water. I have pictures of our boys when they were little lounging on the rock in view in this photograph. This is a place, a thread, woven into our lives.
And now, it appears that these empty benches will be empty for a while. Many of those benches are memorials set up by other lives that are woven into this place.
And for a time these benches will remain empty with the hope that this wonderful place will reopen. Hope that surfers will perform their ballet in the waves. Hope that couples will have lobster rolls and clamcakes here. Hope that children will lounge on rocks and run and play.
But, in considering all these thoughts, it is a great place to view a sunrise. Isn't it?
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