Monday, November 23, 2009

Coastal November

Eyes filled with joy tears as my sneakers skimmed across the firm, wet sand. I gazed across Atlantic sea and beheld a million diamonds dancing atop the surface, sun reflecting off the aqua surface. November coastal breezes whisked away the sweat before it could seep through my clothes, as if Nike had invented some sort of Dri-Fit beach air.

The kids played bocce with Nana and Poppy while I ran along the coastline, my mind free to dream and let go and reflect. Overwhelmed with surprise and gratitude, I ran and smiled, my tears the natural overflow of a leaky heart.

I never was one who snooped for my Christmas presents or tried to get the low-down on my birthday. For me, the best gifts are the surprise ones. Anticipation is great but serendipity is better.

So when my parents called out of the blue and invited us to the beach for four days, I started packing immediately, for fear they'd change their mind. I don't know why two adults would choose to forgo days of golf, quiet, and kid-free relaxation but I didn't ask questions.

Family, memories, gratitude...four days of unexpected and undeserved goodness. Giving thanks came a week early this year, a beachy appetizer for this week's main course of turkey, dressing, pie and even more family.

Wherever you are, may your Thanksgiving be one of blessing, joy and unexpected goodness.



  1. Yummy! I wish I had been there with you.
    See you tomorrow.

  2. Scooper,
    I know why the grands "gave up" their quiet time -- looking at the adorable faces of your children, I'd do it, too.
    I'm happy for you and your brief beach getaway. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

  3. It was wonderful! Lynne knows why.

    Love you forever,

  4. a wonderful appetizer!
    i am feeling that urge to run on the beach :)

  5. Thanksgiving Blessings to you and yours!

  6. What love. What goodness. All for you, one who had the heart willing to accept and be thankful for it. I am so glad.

    A blessed Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  7. I'm a beach bum. No place I'd rather be. May your Thanksgiving be filled with all good things.

  8. I love these pictures. I would love to be on the beach right now. The pictures are beautiful! I hope you had a wonderful time.


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