We walked the beach daily collecting treasure … rocks, shells and whatever else of interest that washed up on the shore. We watched pelicans, sanderlings, gulls and my favorite of all, magnificent Frigate Birds soaring above us. On our first morning there, Portuguese Men-of-War, from tiny babies to adults, carpeted the beach in their airy blue and pink regalia, threatening walkers with their toxic tendrills spread about them. They disappeared the next day, and we only spotted one or two through the ensuing days.
There were no rules and regulations, except for the one below. Being in Florida where Boomers and us older folks gather in winter, you’ve got to be careful. Little people are not the only ones who wear diapers :)!!
We awoke when we felt like it and stayed up one night until one in the morning talking and puzzling over the state of the world. We ate when we were hungry enjoying fresh watermelon and berries, yummy salads … chicken, couscous with olives and feta, green leafy ones with artichoke hearts, avocado, and crunchy broccoli slaw.
Most of all we played and got to know each other better. I found myself being more honest and open than I can ever remember. Sharon can listen and catch things long before I can figure out what I’ve said. So it was also a huge learning time.
On Sunday, my last day, we went to a birthday party for two sets of twins who had just turned one. Members of Sharon’s extended family, they were born to two loving women who live together and decided to have a family. They both got pregnant and both bore twins, all born on the same day. There are three boys and one girl, all beautiful, and being cared for by two of the best mommies in the world with help from grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Both moms teach school. They are better women than I could ever be. Two kids, three years apart were all I could handle, never mind being with other people’s kids all day long.
It was a delightful party. Sharon’s family members were welcoming and loving. A family group of individuals like that one might not necessarily agree with each other on a lot of issues, but they get along and do love each other. My own relatives, scattered across the country have never been close. We rarely see or talk with each other unless someone dies. Being with Sharon’s down-to-earth, soulful people was an experience I’ve rarely encountered. I’m just a mite envious of her.
I am happy to be home. It’s cold but there are many sweet memories from this past week that will warm me through the rest of Virginia’s winter days.
Hug a friend and celebrate who they are!!