Sitting in traffic today, the radio DJ made me smile to hear that “escaping to the beach” ranked as one of the top five most common shared fantasies. (Second to winning the lottery.)
We should all be so lucky to have the time and means to escape to the shore. Or for that matter, wherever your favorite vacation spot is located, to rest and rejuvenate!
I rescued a cocktail napkin musing that my sister wrote last summer after a day we spent together, with our girls, on a Cape Cod bay side beach. A quick jot, throw-away poem to her was gold to me. Beach-find shells can be like that too.
A chipped knobbed whelk (the classic ‘listen to the ocean’ spiral shell) may be tossed aside, whereas an un-assuming, sweet slipper shell could catch your eye. (Such was the case of how my engagement ring was presented so many years ago. Caught my eye indeed!) Every so often, as we’re mired in the daily tasks of caregiving, it’s nice to remember that memories are our best escape.
sun splashed waves
washing closer to
toes dug deep
in the sand
hermit crabs digging
plum juice dripping
down chins smeared
white with sun block
on boogie boards
baby eels swimming
azure blue sky
~ Claudia Bauman, July 2016
Happy summer to all of us hard-working family caregivers- past and present! I love reading all of the posts and comments on this site, whether a quick beach reverie or neighborhood block party . We all benefit from hearing about easy days and the blessed, up-side of caregiving.
Source: Adapted for caregiving.com from Sarahbeth’s website, www.WeAreSharingtheSun.com
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