I can’t believe it’s Day 17 of “Thankful November” and I haven’t mentioned how grateful I am to live so close to the beach!
If you have read my past blog posts or look at my social media feeds, you know how much I LOVE the beach. It is indeed my happy place. It doesn’t matter what time of the year – summer, fall, winter, spring – I go all year long. Now before you say anything, I do live in the south where the weather isn’t quite as cold as it is for the northern beachgoers but it can get pretty chilly along our shoreline during the winter. Last New Year’s Day I even continued with my tradition of walking in the surf like I do every January 1st even though the temperature with the wind chill was 19 degrees. Let’s just say the water was very chilly and it wasn’t a long walk!
There is something about being next to the ocean that soothes me. The air seems cleaner; the sounds from the waves coming ashore to the birds chirping to people, especially children, playing in the waves – all of it is like a relaxing balm to me.
I love to take my iPad out to the pier and find a picnic table. Then I set up my little spot for a couple of hours of writing with breaks to take in sights around me. And I always try to dip my toes in the sand before I leave. Sometimes I even take a walk on the beach before writing for inspiration.
This love affair with the beach began when I was three years old. That’s when my Dad was in the Air Force. But once he got out of the military, we came to Charleston to live. It seemed like during the spring and summer, every weekend we were at the beach. At that time, I loved to play in the sand and water but getting an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen on the way home was always a highlight of our day trip. Then as soon as we were home, I was dunked in the bathtub and usually fell right to sleep as quickly as my pajamas were on. By the time I was five years old, I was able to take our out of town visitors to the beach while my mom and dad worked – I knew the way so clearly.
I feel very blessed that I live along the coast and to be able to enjoy four different beaches. I’m a lucky girl.
So what are you grateful for today?