Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Reflections on the beach

There is something therapeutic in a visit to the ocean. The feel of the warm sand in your toes, the way your leg muscles have to work harder for each step forces you to slow down and take a deep breath. Salty breezes with that faint seaweed and fishiness to it that wakes you up and brings things back into focus. The sound of the waves stumbling over each other in their dance up the sand and back out to see, punctuated by the cries of the sea birds is the only soundtrack you need.

Something about jumping into the waves and coming up to taste the salt on your lips makes you feel young again. And when the wave breaks earlier than you thought it would, taking you by surprise and knocking you over, you can't help but laugh right along with your children. Yes, therapy is sitting on the beach with your feet in the surf, letting the wind, sand and water scour away your troubles and wash them out to sea.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

After we all watched Shark Week before going to the beack I think therapeutic is pretty acurate in that we are all going to need therapy before we ever go back to the beach!!! :)

Charity said...

I kept telling you guys to turn it off and go to sleep. :) No shark week next year!

That way we can be happy up to the very moment that some shark starts eating us. *wink*

Laura D said...

Going to the beach is not good therapy... your eyes sting from the salt water, your car gets to come home with half the beach in it.... sunburns... jellyfish.......the list goes on and on.

Charity said...

Yes, my eyes did sting, but that went away fairly quickly. We didn't see any jellyfish this go around, no one got sunburned and Nathan spent $3 vacuuming the van BEFORE we left. Although we did come home with that damp carpet smell in the van, but febreeze has taken care of that too. :) See, it was a pretty good trip!