It was the first morning in Va. john and I had driven from Raton to Denver for the red eye
flight to Philadelphia where Betsy and Sean and the kids would pick us up at 7:30 am
The drive to Denver was in a snow/ sleet storm. The plane had to be deiced twice
But we arrived safely as did our luggage. The kids drove two cars so we wouldn’t have to rent a vehicle in VA, and flying to philly was 450$ cheaper for us both. I got in the car with Sean and the kids who were sleeping because he was tired and needed company. Of course we talked and laughed and fed the kids snacking food the 5 hours to Va Beach. Ok we did stop several times for kid and adult pit stop and at a park for pbj lunch and exercise.
We got to Norfolk about 2:45 in time for Betsy and Sean to take a 2 hour cruise on the party boat for the wedding. John and maggieMae and Ian and I walked and played in a park along the bay. It was really pretty and the kids were great for us. Ian must have walked up and down a small hill 20 Times. Maggie Mae and I played stay in the shade of the trees. We walked and walked.
And walked..she ran and skipped some…
The boat returned and we met the whole family that had been out on the sailing ship and had a great dinner at a cool venue where everyone could order what they wanted.
About 8 pm we left for the rental house and I was showered and in bed 15 minutes later.
The next morning I woke before sunrise and got dressed and went to the watch the sunrise. The beach was about two blocks away.
This beach, VA Beach, is the beach of my childhood and youth because my grandparents lived there and we went several times a year from Ohio. I love the desert but to be true I’ve missed the ocean. I watched the sun. You know once it breaks the horizon it seems to fly up. 2 minutes or so from first break to above the horizon.
The waves breaking, the coolness of this morning….
and all my stored up thoughts and feelings and emotions and joys and anxieties raised up with the sun.
The quiet waves , the loud waves, the way the sun this morning went behind a skinny cloud and came up again..the light rays. The porpoise playing the sandpipers calling… the countless times I’ve sat there…looking out on that horizon… over 70 years
I sang a couple of Taize chants…picked up a few shell parts… took deep breaths and walked home…it was Friday, wedding rehearsal day…
Bobbie Giltz McGarey