May 29, 2012

What I Did On My Summer Vacation (Or, Why I'm Exhausted)

The past week was, perhaps, one of the best I've ever had. It began a week ago Sunday as we packed up our stuff and kids and headed to the beach. It ended last night when we tucked in two exhausted children followed closely by ourselves. In between there were long beach walks, beer, way too much good food, puzzles, board games, oddly circular versions of God Bless America, a Memorial Day cookout, over 13 hours logged at the neighborhood pool, and, most importantly, a whole lot of family.

Last Wednesday evening an amazing thing happened. Or, rather, a series of mundane things came together to make an amazing night. Beth, Mia, Owen and I went on a beach walk with my dad and aunt. Owen ran two solid miles. We all took turns chasing him, my aunt leading the way. During those two miles a number of activities occurred - Mia strolled out into the ocean, I investigated washed up sea life and gathered shells, Owen and my dad chased each other through shallow waves. We all ended up back at the beach in front out our house as the sun set and the clouds turned pink and orange and purple and painted wispy brushstrokes through the blue sky. Pelicans danced overhead, the beaches cleared of people, and the waves calmed.

Perfect moments are usually recognized in retrospect. Monday morning quarterbacking. But this was different. I knew what was happening as it unfolded. I chased everyone down the beach, snapping as many photos as I could knowing that no photograph could ever capture the magic that existed for those fleeting minutes. But I knew that it was as perfect a moment - or collection of moments - as I could hope to be a part of.

And that, my friends, is a perfect vacation.

Posted by Chris at May 29, 2012 7:05 AM

sounds magical

Posted by: Kris at May 29, 2012 8:00 AM

Sounds like you all had a fantastic time!

Posted by: Dianna at May 29, 2012 8:33 AM

Ah yes. Magic!!!!!

Posted by: Maribeth at May 29, 2012 8:36 AM


Posted by: Dawn at May 29, 2012 5:05 PM

Also? Your wife is hot.

Posted by: lumpyheadsmom at May 29, 2012 11:59 PM