24 Mar 2009 @ 15:58 

Dear Mom:

I get it now. Why you wanted to live at the beach so much. I’m sorry you never reached that dream. I don’t think it isn’t that you didn’t want to reach it, but that you had no clue how to get there.

I never truly understood the big deal. The only beaches I was familiar with were the Gulf Beaches in St. Petersburg area- and as beautiful as they were, with no shade, not much breeze, and scorching sun, it didn’t add up to me. I loved the beach, but only in the middle of a cold winter – and we never knew many cold winters there, did I?

Now, I know better, for I discovered the beaches in Western Washington on the Pacific and in Eastern Florida on the Atlantic. I discovered onshore breezes and the music of waves on a quiet night.

Yep, Mom, every night that I have tightly closed windows and cannot hear the waves breaking; every day that the breeze that always is, dares to stop; I miss it. And at those moments, I know why you so wanted to live on the beach. I get it now.

So, my dreams of years gone by, to escape Florida completely, have faded a bit. I am content to be here, but only for 5-6 months – and – on the Atlantic coast. Summer belongs to Washington, along the coast or snuggled in the Western side of the Cascades. (OK, reality is, just about anywhere West of the Cascades would make me smile, but you know that!)

I always thought it a little useless to live someone else’s dream for them after they are gone. I still do, but it is my dream now, come by honestly. If you want to look over my shoulder and tag along, you are more than welcome.

How will I know? Why you could send a shooting star through the sky when I have a camera handy to document it. Or, perhaps, money could fall in my lap (gently, Mom) to get our RV now, before the hurricane season.

Just kidding. I already know you have been tagging along these years. But you can’t blame the daughter you spoiled for trying!

PS. Leon would probably appreciate an RV with a washer/dryer in it. He already does more than his share… guess he took over where you left off. Oops, I forgot I was supposed to be doing something for him. No times to insert photos now. Gotta go, Mom. Say hi to Daddy – and tell him to send me a sign.

Love to you both,

Marcia

Posted By: Marcia
Last Edit: 24 Mar 2009 @ 16:01

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