Nostalgia or paying homage to treasured items of the past is almost an industry in this resort area.
But Ocean City Art League's recent paying homage to the closing of the Beesley's Point Bridge does not make the span an object of nostalgia.
The span was built in 1928 and is only 78 years old. Anything so recent in origin cannot be called nostalgia.
Known for the rickety planks of its roadway and to tolls plus traffic delays, it can hardly be called nostalgic.
Closing could be a reason for motorists to rejoice.
Something should age like fine wine to qualify as a topic for nostalgia. There should be a time limit to be considered as nostalgic.
To try and recover what is truly nostalgic is challenging.
What makes up the smell of the past eludes us for the most part.
Seeking it is intriguing. Writers and scientists are on the trail; time plays a role. It has to be aged like fine wine. It is not. It's not nostalgic.