Sea Gazing

At low tide on my little beach, the wet sand emanates random popping sounds. A few hours before sunset on my little beach, a golden tone colors everything, and the ocean and rocks sparkle in the backlight. On this afternoon after a busy day at work, the quiet was such that you could hear the beach birds’ wings slice through the calm air as they flew low overhead.

“We are so lucky,” I whispered to my dog as she lay in my lap and soaked up the last of the warm sun. “We are the luckiest girls on this earth,” I added, kissing the top of her head that still smelled like the lavender shampoo I’d lathered all over her a half hour before.

When you are in pain, you cannot imagine a time when you have not been, or a future when you will not be. When your heart literally aches so much that you can barely breathe, you wonder how it will feel to feel pain free again–and then free. When you have barely begun to put the pieces together of a life that feels like one that fits you, and you have left behind the most recent one that never did, you hope you will again recognize simple happiness for its own sake and a moment when tranquility gently caresses your soul.

Today was that day. I will never forget it.







11 responses to “Sea Gazing”

  1. Kim Ayres Avatar

    Breathe the sea air deeply…

  2. upset waitress Avatar

    Blucky. Low tide smells you lucky little girl.

  3. kgrrrl Avatar

    sigh. That’s beautiful and I hope to feel that day a bit more often 🙂

  4. gabrielle Avatar

    There really is only the ‘now’, savor it and store those memories away for the rainy days.
    Your writing is beautiful.

  5. Mike Avatar

    RG, glad you were able to experience that today. Have a good weekend.

  6. Restaurant Gal Avatar
    Restaurant Gal

    Kim–I do, every day.

    Upset Waitress–Funny, on this day it did not.

    Kgrrrl–It comes when you least expect it.

    gabrielle—Simply put, and thank you.

    Mike–Thank you, and you too, okay?

  7. Liz Avatar

    Nice. 🙂

  8. Restaurant Gal Avatar
    Restaurant Gal

    Liz–Thank you.

  9. L. Avatar

    I don’t know how I missed this little story – or the one below about the quarter…. this one is like a sweet poem. Very nice RG.

    The fortune telling quarter … a work day fairy tale. I enjoyed it.


  10. colee Avatar

    I have been reading you for a very very long time. I stopped recently because of lack of internet access but found you again today and am reading back through and you have no idea how much this post touched me today. I can honestly say that the depths of sadness and uncertainty is overwhelming righ tnow but this certainly helps me see a light. You truly have a gift. Thank you.