26 – Bubbles

Help! Please check your Spam folders because the Word Press Gnomes selected me to celebrate the new year.

A belated Happy New Year. May your 2021 be positive and joyful. After the walk, don’t forget about the links to what some other bloggers have posted about bubbles.

Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Standing at the water’s edge provides an interesting sound. Besides the roar and splashing of the waves coming ashore and the whistling of the persistent wind, I can hear the popping of bubbles from the foam in the wave’s finality before retreating to the sea. As I stand, I can also feel the bubbles popping on my feet. So, today I focus my thoughts on bubbles.

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Bubbles – the white, foamy part of a wave visibly forming as a wave approaches. Bubbles – a thin transparent film of water covering a pocket of gas. Bubbles – a word we associate with fizz, effervescence, sparkles, gurgles, lather, foam, and froth. 

Bubbles are shiny, round, and playful – precious, dreamy, and fragile – soft, lovable, and a sign of joy. Bubbles can burst, pop, squeak, bubble over, and bubble up. Difficult situations can also put someone on the bubble. 

Except when they are a negative sign, bubbles are fun orbs of beauty that stimulate numerous thoughts. Bubbles are about happiness and smiles. “Bubbles” is a happy word. People say the word and a smile appears. Besides, bubbles is a word that is difficult to say with an angry or negative tone.

Thoughts of bubbles take us back in time as we think of the young. I wonder what aspect of a bubble attracts kids? Is it their shape, the sudden appearance, the colors of the rainbow in their skin, their temporary existence, their ability to merge, or something else?

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Bubbles capture the attention of the young, so the older enjoy creating bubbles with a gentle blow. But all ages smile when seeing giant bubbles. Blowing bubbles is fun and a release from reality. As blowers try different techniques for creating different sizes, the observers admire the similarities and differences. No wonder bubbles are a teaching tool. 

As we get older, we may see bubbles as thoughts, dreams, aspirations, and fantasies. We also link bubbles to emotions and personalities with descriptors as bubbly and bubbling over. 

Bubbles are like life – fun, dreamy, and care-free moments that can burst at any time – just like a sudden slap of reality. Bubbles are the temporary thoughts that suddenly vanish.

Many of us have childhood memories of blowing bubbles with bubble gum – that gnashing of teeth leading to the giggles of a bubble bursting on a face. The gum eventually loses flavor, and then teachers remind us to throw it away. After all, bubble gum in the hair or on clothes is no fun – even the bottom of shoes from an accidental step. Then again, we dream of blowing a bubble big enough to carry us away to a new land.

We can see bubbles in a variety of places – as in frozen in an ice cube or popping at the surface of lava in the volcano’s caldron – coming to the surface in a still pond or an intentional aeration in aquaria. Nature uses bubbles for catching prey, nesting eggs, protection, and flotation – yet they are also very evident at the bottom of waterfalls and water moving quickly over rocks in a fast-flowing stream.    

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Sometimes we place our lives in a bubble as we forget the importance and role of other people in our life. While some of us remember the story of The Boy in the Bubble, we know that is not a life we desire.

Who doesn’t have fond memories of a bubble bath with foam covering a rubber ducky or the bubbles in a glass to sip as we relax in the warm water of a tub or spa? Some say popping bubbles in bubble wrap has a therapeutic value. 

Bubbles are a sign of boiling, we know we don’t want a messy stovetop from the pot bubbling over – yet, bubbling over with excitement at good news or anticipation is a good thing.

Bubbles are rainbows with curves that contain dreams. Unfortunately, bubbles are fragile, temporary, and suddenly gone – but a positive memory.

Bubbles when washing dishes don’t grab my attention because I expect them – but their absence is a sign of being a time to do something different. 

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Bubbles are part of many beverages – soft drinks, soda, beer, and sparkling wines to name a few. Their presence helps deliver a certain taste, so their absence is noticeable. Wines and many spirits may not be bubbly, but bubbles were a sign of active fermentation during their production.  

We of an older generation associate bubbles with the music of Lawrence Welk and his champagne music. We even hear Don Ho singing, Tiny bubbles – In the wine. Make me happy. Make me feel fine. 

As I stand looking across the water, I wonder about all the bubbles that are below the water’s surface for a variety of reasons. Somewhere out there, a scuba diver is enjoying the underwater world and releasing bubbles into the water that will come to the surface to pop. Meanwhile, I’ll settle on enjoying the small bubbles popping on my feet. After all, I enjoy walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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145 thoughts on “26 – Bubbles”

  1. Jack Johnson 🥰🥰

    And as I was reading this I just realized how much I adore bubbles. In all the ways, shapes, forms and meanings that you listed them here.
    They are the perfect escape-tool, indeed!

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    1. Z,
      Not only did you find me on my return, you are the first to comment – so you caused me to smile this morning. FYI: My posting time corresponds to your morning (Saturdays, Tuesdays, Thursdays). Your comment about adoring bubbles supports the notion that it is such a good word, it can’t be said in a negative tone. Cheers to your joy for Jack Johnson. This song is absolutely one of my favorites. JJ will also be featured in another post next week. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend and a belated Happy New Year to you!

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  2. My first “bubble-related” thought was champagne…..on New Year’s Eve those bubbles come to the surface of our glass and pop – bringing in the new year with a sigh. Our resolutions are made – out with the old and in with the new as the bubbles release our hopes for our future. “Beach bubbles” are fun and foamy and have a special feel when we walk along the shore…..a soft gift from the sea.


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    1. Pam,
      Good morning fellow early bird. Interestingly, so close to the start of the new year, drink bubbles come into our minds. But hey – why not! 🙂 Of course, beach bubbles are what sparked this post, but I realized I couldn’t exclude sparkling drink bubbles. “Fun and foamy” are perfect descriptors for the bubbles of the sea. 🙂 A belated Happy New Year to you!

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  3. I must admit this is not a subject I have thought much about. You certainly brought back some memories for me with the different aspects of what bubbles represent and the way bubbles affect our thoughts. Very interesting Frank.

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    1. Peggy,
      If this post stimulated your thoughts and brought back memories, that’s a winner in my mind! 🙂 Even those I knew I enjoyed the tiny bubbles of the beach, it took me a while to figure out that bubbles were a worthy topic. Who knows, maybe my love for the song sparked the thought. A belated Happy New Year to you!

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  4. And don’t forget, in times of corona virus, the Social Bubble that you can make with one other household, provided they too make their Social Bubble with you. Nothing like as attractive as your waterside bubbles.

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  5. I am smiling–who would have imagined you would post about bubbles next? Love your creativity! I like how bubbles form under ice as the small ponds freeze. And am now remembering bubbles while walking along the sandy beach on the Gulf.

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    1. Kathy,
      The fact that I created smiles to start your Saturday makes me smile. Then again, bubbles is a smiley word. I must admit, I didn’t have this post in mind to coincide with my first walk of the new year, but it worked. I too like the look of bubbles under ice! That with cracks is a great picture! A belated Happy New Year to you.

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  6. There are some lovely images here, Frank- rainbows with curves and rainbows in their skin. … I can stand transfixed if I come across a giant bubble blower in the park. Or run after them to make them pop 🙂 🙂 And I keep trying to say it with a scowl!

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    1. Jo,
      Glad you liked the images. Thanks to Pexels collaborating with WordPress, all I have to do is pick. 🙂 Those giant bubble blowers are quite interesting … and who wouldn’t like them?!!! Belated Happy New Year to you. So … how successful were you on saying bubbles with a scowl?


  7. So many delightful (and sobering) ways to think about bubbles… I’ve seen videos of dolphins blowing and playing with bubbles. And you made me think of the hours of fun had with our granddaughter on the beach with a bottle of bubble solution and a wand. Thanks for suggesting so many ways to think about the bubbles in our lives, besides the big bubble most of us are waiting out the end of the pandemic in.

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    1. Barbara,
      Glad this post was able to rekindle some family memories for you. Then again, everyone likes bubbles and has memories. Dolphins having fun playing in bubbles. I’m sure that surprises a lot of people. 😉 Stay safe … an a related Happy New Year to you.


    1. Monika,
      Sea bubbles give tickle my bubble toes – so I had to use that song. In terms of WP, oh yes – the gnomes started on me on January 1st … and with a twist of being inconsistent … but I caught on! Belated Happy New Year to you. PS: Do any of the dogs chase bubbles?

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              1. I’m not sure. Haven’t tried them out with Norman; Elsa is pretty nonplussed by them. Now I’m going have to try some with the big guy. He’ll no doubt try to munch on them. I’ve never seen him pass up a chance at noshing something. 😆

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  8. Who doesn’t LOVE bubbles?!? Their rainbows mesmerize me, and I enjoy the popping sound they make. My son Domer was introduced to bubbles when he was a wee lad at day care. You should’ve seen the pure pleasure on those kids’ faces when they figured out how to make the bubbles from a wand dipped in soapy liquid — even my Sheltie enjoyed chasing bubbles. Great, fun post, Frank!

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  9. What happened with WP?

    Who doesn’t love bubbles?

    And Jack Johnson… surfer dude is always a pleasure to listen to.

    Happy New Year Frank! May 2021 bring you much love and laughter, joy and bliss, good health and prosperity xoxo

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    1. Dale,

      The WP Gnomes started 2021 with a sneak attack on yours truly … and they did it with a twist – but I caught on. They were sending my comments to the host’s Spam folder. However, not on all blogs. I was OK at yours, Marc’s, and others … but not at John Howell’s or Resa’s. No fun. Meanwhile, like you stated, “Who doesn’t like bubbles?” That says it all! Thanks for the best wishes for 2021 … and a belated Happy New Year to you!

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  10. Well, well, I’m feeling all bubbly after reading this.
    Definitely one of my fave Beach Walks to date, Frank!

    Okay, Resa’s Tips Time:
    If you get bubble gum in an article of clothing, put the item in the freezer. Once frozen you can just pull or scrape the gum off. If it has penetrated, say a knit, you may have to repeat and chip away a bit more.
    In the hair is a drag, but the same principle applies. Using ice cubes freeze the gum. It is a bit more labour, but frozen gum does not stick well, if at all.

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    1. Resa,
      You just may have come up with a new blog idea for you …. Tips From Resa. …. Oh …. readers could even submit questions! Move over Dear Abby, here come Resa. Meanwhile, glad this post made you bubbly. Seems like a clink is in order …. Clink! … and a belated Happy New Year to you! ,,,, Clink!

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  11. Another wonderful walk along the beach, Frank. It seems that these moments bring out the philosopher in all of us. As I read the wonderful follow-up discussion, I was reminded by Rabindranath Tagore’s thought that “Days are coloured bubbles that float upon the surface of fathomless nights.” Every day, every friendship is precious. Happy New Year!!!

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  12. You’re right about that. Bubbles hold a child-like fascination with people of all ages. And thank you for reading my mind with the Don Ho observation, because I had that song running through my noggin while reading this.

    Until I got to your Jack Johnson selection, that is. Nice!

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    1. Marc,
      Going back in my mind, this Jack Johnson song may have inspired this walk. I have thought about the bubbles before, but never to the extent of a walk. Then … duh! Feed off Jack, plus use the song! …. and of course, I had to work in a bit of Don Ho. FYI: … another Jack Johnson song coming soon.

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      1. Music is the perfect muse sometimes, at least I think it is.

        And fun little note. I was having dinner at Hy’s Steakhouse once when we saw Don Ho seated at a nearby table. Three sheets in the wind, LOL.

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                    1. I like the kid and I hope he fulfills his promise. The only way I would be okay with him not being our QB next season is if Watson became available.

                      Bengals suck again? No way.

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                    2. I think Watson stays put. But that Houston braintrust (and I use the word ironically) is inept. Starting with their pastor/president/ or whatever the hell he is, Eastersby. So I would take the Bengals situation over Houston’s.

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                    3. I think it depends on how ugly things get with Watson and Houston. If he stays, great. I still believe Tua can play in this league. But if Watson were to become available, Miami would be crazy not to try.


  13. You’re so right that bubbles are just plain old fun, for all ages, Frank. I smiled just thinking of Lawrence Welk, too! And speaking of adult bubbles, I have a bottle of champagne, the real stuff!, chilling and ready for me to enjoy on January 20th. On the west coast the inauguration will be early in the day, but I’m popping that cork and going to enjoy the bubbly even if its 9 am!

    And now that others have found you in the SPAM folder, the same gnomes have decided that you can come directly to my inbox. After weeks of not finding you, you’ve finally arrived. Happy New Year! LOL!

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      1. I think you idea of orange juice is a good one, Frank. A mimosa won’t alarm my family quite the same as seeing me drinking right from the bottle. LOL!


  14. I like the bubbles in a glass, Frank. I remember with joy making bubbles with the girls when they were younger. I like the feel of bubbles in my mouth or in the ocean, under my feet. Different bubbles of course, though. 🙂 And you didn’t end up in my spam file, just FYI.


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  15. The word ‘bubble’ sounds exactly like it’s meaning. I remember buying the little bubble-blowing kits with my pocket money as a child, What fun we had blowing snd chasing those beautiful bubbles. I think adults could probably lessen their anxiety and stress by engaging in this pastime. It may prove to be therapeutic. Lovely post, Frank. 😍

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  16. What a happy post this is! Bubbles are certainly a subject that brings a smile to my face, especially when I think of the excitement of my granddaughter when we blow bubbles in the garden, and remembering last night when my grandson had so much fun in his bubble bath when he slept over at my place. I hadn’t really assosiated bubbles with the beach before reading this post, so thank you for another thought-provoking list of the places bubbles can be found, Frank. 🙂

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    1. Merril,
      Why am I not surprised you started the year with champagne bubbles? 😉 So the WP Gnomes disconnected us again … I swear … they gnomes are so sneaky and unpredictable. Good news – this is my first post since the blog break started thereabouts December 21/22. A belated Happy New Year to you.

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      1. We actually seldom have champagne–but this year, it seemed like a good idea. 😀. Yes, the WP gremlins are sneaky and unpredictable–and SO annoying. A belated Happy New Year to you, too!


    1. RR,
      Welcome first-time beach walker on my friendly sands. I had to do a bit of detective work, but I think you are a Donna. Correct? Oh … you are near a beach? Lucky you as my home is way inland (Cincinnati). Where are you located? (I’m one who likes to know those tidbits) Pexels is a great source for pics and they have a relationship with WordPress. In this case, all I did was select the photos. However, sometimes I use my photos while other times I collaborate with other bloggers. As a matter of fact, the first collaboration of 2021 will be next Saturday.


  17. Fun read, Frank. Bubbles are a delight, always loved blowing bubbles as a kid (and adult, too).
    A couple weeks ago, I did find your comment in spam and took it out. But today’s came in fine.


    1. Eliza,
      Cheers to your joy for bubbles. Although posting bubbles for the first one of the new year was a coincidence, this one was fun to write, so you calling it a “fun read” made me smile. Thanks for letting me know about the Spam – and special thanks for rescuing me!


  18. Hi Frank! I knew the closing song and did not expect to – very nice ending
    And the link to other bloggers was a great idea and I plan to check out a couple of them next

    And too takeaway today was how the absence of bubbles might indicate time to change it up –
    Good post amigo


  19. And there are bubbles in flowing hot lava…which when cooled (called obsidian), and broken open may reveal the beautiful crystals that formed. And there are other bubbles, who knows their origin, but they make geodes! Even more gorgeous and wonderful crystals, such as amethyst…or quartz, or other precious/semi precious gems.

    And sometimes there may even be a small flaw in a diamond, caused by a miniature bubble!

    And um…to give a change of pace, there are even bugs that make bubbles!! Imagine that!

    ( https://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/spittlebugs-bubbles )


    1. Meezer,
      Thanks for emphasizing the bubbles in lava and their role in the geologic world of minerals. After all, who can’t appreciate a geode! It’s easy to forget that they appear as eggs. I must ask, do you have a geology background? OH …. and a belated Happy New Year to you.


  20. I LOVE Jack Johnson! You know I do. Man he’s on the playlist for sure. He is definitely bubbles. I remember those bubbles touching my feet as the waves roll back in … their sounds are so quiet against the loudness but you can still hear their loud whisper 🙂 both my kids loved bubbles as babies … it was magical for sure. It your best bit, the o e that caught me … “Bubbles are rainbows with curves that contain dreams…” DUDE. I LOVE THAT! That was the best. Keeping that for a lesson to tell my kids. Thank you for that one and the Jack Johnson:) Happy New Year 🙂 hoping many bubbles reach your shoreline this year.


  21. So happy to get to read of your Beach walk again 🙂 Bubbles indeed always bring a smile, I did wonder for a bit why and then when I said Bubbles again that question vanished too! LOL. You are so right in pointing out – why aren’t bubbles while dishwashing as exciting as others? It is perhaps a good test then for noticing the quality of the mind towards a mundane chore like that. A mind present with the task would find joy in any bubble without judgment. My favorite memory is of my toddler sons chasing bubbles to burst 🙂 And yes now the social bubbles with the pandemic – I find that precious too for who we connect with. I love how you say that bubbles are always suddenly gone but leave a positive memory.


    1. Crispina,
      Cheers to your bubbly nature. Being positive sure helps one through life. No need to apologize because you have much on your plate at the moment. Then again, this post is one that brings smiles, which we can always find room for them. A belated Happy New Year to you.


  22. Greeting and Welcome Back, aFrank,
    Let’s hope this is a better year in every way.
    We all need a bit of beach weather with all it’s powerful energy.
    I’m sure you’re time off was relaxing. It’s been in the 40’s at night and 60’s during the day.
    It’s unusual for us but we’ll take the temporary change.
    Happy New Year 2021 🥂 Cheers
    Stay Healthy … Be Safe 😷
    Isadora 😎
    ps … I have a cute poem on bubbles … if you’d like I can post it on my blog.

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    1. Isadora,
      Happy New Year to you, too! Bubbles was a fun topic to start the blog year. Oh yes – absolutely post the poem at your end – and I hope you link to this post. Meanwhile, my break was balanced – that is not too crazy – and I didn’t get totally away from the blog. 🙂


    1. Ivor,
      Welcome first-time beach walker. This beach has only been open to humans since mid-October, so new visitors are exciting … and all the way from Australia! This is a typical beach walk. While the topics change, my style and format stay the same. Meanwhile, Isadora and I have been blogging buddies for many years.

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