The waves hammer the small wooden boat again and again into the rocks. Each crunch of the vessel is simultaneous to the beat of a heart. The ocean is so much to so many. Providing food, entertainment and even safe passage to a new country. Laughter fills the air as a young girl runs down the beach. Her kite flying in the sky with it’s rainbow streamers fluttering in the wind. An onlooker wondered if she knew the colours she flew were the same of those on his pride flag. He closed his eyes and breathed in the unsullied ocean air. Crack! Crack! Crack! The ocean unrelenting. The wood starts to fracture. Waves took it out and then brought it back in slamming it into the rocks. The hull of the boat was compromised and large cracks started to appear. I watched as the small vessel was pulled away again and thought of it as a person. When it was being pulled away it must have seen freedom and escape. Just like the onlooker had felt when they had approved civil unions. Such a joyous occasion, everything he had been fighting for was just within his reach. Crash! The small boat shattered into pieces when a monstrous wave crashed it into the rocks one final time. Exactly how it had felt when the government changed hands and everything was taken away. The same ocean that is so comforting to so many is also devastating to so many others. A small piece of the wooden boat washes up on the shore. The boat that once was resembles his own hope that this world could accept him for who he is. He watches the wood tumble up on the shore. It slides to a stop and rests in the sand. A small hand encircles it and the child giggles. “Daddy, it’s a door to an enchanted kingdom,” the voice cries as she takes hold of his hand. A smile creeps across his face. The very same piece that was my broken hope turns into something magical for his little girl. She is always there to remind him that when everything breaks apart there is always someone or something that will pull it all back together. Rising from the sand he runs headlong into an afternoon of enchantment.