Today in North Idaho it is sunny with a high of 62°. My current location has a high of 62° and I am grateful to slow down, unwind and catch up. It seems doubtful that the sun will make an appearance but what the weather lacks in light it more than makes up for in fog! Tea anyone!?!?
The last few days I have been flying by the seat of my pants. No true plans except to move forward and enjoy the road and the countryside. I had not been to the beach in a few years so knew I would need to make that trip happen. The weather did not disappoint and the sand and water were actually warm. The ocean air is so calming. I observed that many people brought their blankets to spread out and lay on. Several men brought chairs to sit in by the ocean and initially I thought they might have a line in but in fact appeared to be sleeping. That really speaks volumes as to the relaxing nature of the ocean or water in general.
It is interesting to note that the air seems heavy and yet light at the same time. Even when the beach is busy there is a lack of weighty sea air on your skin. Laying on the sand and catching a nap still holds the mental equivalent of someone partitioning your small area from everyone else. It is as if we all have invisible boxes and we all attempt not to invade the other party’s box. Don’t step on their blanket or towel and don’t kick up sand!! Beach rules have not changed!
When I was a child living with my grandparents we would make a trek to the beach in an old motor home. I specifically remember the sea air, sand buckets and shovels, bathing suites with towels hanging on the back of chairs, grandma cooking inside the motor home and grandpa cooking outside over the campfire, seashells of all shapes and sizes everywhere and late night potty breaks using a Folgers Coffee can. I remember thinking how eating was such a bother when there was so much to do. Such sweet simple life affirming moments to look back on. Nothing else mattered and everything was right with the world.
Today I remind you to continue to play in whatever fashion that presents itself to you. Play so long that you forget to stop and eat.