A Lovely Day

Last Saturday, my mom offered to watch the kids and I took her up on the offer. I felt myself feeling emotionally exhausted and drained and I needed some time by myself. I did not hesitate or question or feel guilt about having her watch the kids. That was a big deal for me. I decided that I was going to go to the beach and read. I knew the waters would be rough and that there would be more creatures and shells on the sand from the hurricane. I like exploring when there are storms, I always see interesting things in the water or the sand.

For some reason I felt like I should stop at the Cat thrift store before the beach.

I hesitated about that for a moment, but then thought that I should listen to my gut and see what happens. There was nothing spectacular, but a few significant things to me. I walked in and went straight for one of the first bookshelves that normally has home school resources or workout DVD’s. I found nothing for school, but did find an unopened three in one Pilates DVD’s set that I have wanted since 2006. Score! I also found beginners step-by-step Tai Chi DVD and thought, “Why not?” That would be worth the $2.50 to try.

I wandered my way back to the toys.

They did not have much, but the kids have been begging for checkers and a chess set. I found a 7 in one game set for $3.50 and thought that was a good deal. I then ventured into the books and found a box set of Sherlock Holmes for $5.00. I decided to wait and see if I should get that one so I left it for the moment and said to myself ‘If I keep it under $20 then I can get it”. I found nothing else and went to the register still not sure why I was there. I felt a jolt to look at the movie DVD’s which I never really do because I always expect them to be bad movies.

I placed my items on the counter and said “Oh, wait”.

I bent down to look at the DVD’s and an unopened, perfectly new “The Big Kahuna” popped out at me. It was hidden in the midst of very lame movies and I laughed. I have wanted this movie for a long time, it has great significance to me. It is a treasure to me, but I have never purchased it. I snatched it up and smiled. Then, I thought there has to be at least one more movie I could find because it is either $3 for one or 2 for $5. I scanned the movies and “The Watchmen” jumped out at me. I have never seen this movie and I am not sure that I will, I haven’t felt right about it for some reason, but it is one of David’s favorite movies. So I grabbed that one too. The Big Kahuna is one of my favorites and he has never seen it.

The cashier rang up the items and I felt another jolt to go get the books.

I grabbed the Sherlock Holmes set and came back, my total was $19.80. She passed me two dimes on the glass counter with her two fingers and they glided toward me in a strange way. I felt as if something had just happened in that store, but I was not sure what exactly.  It all seemed like a movie. I left quite happy and be-bopped out to the car.

I went to the beach.

There were no clouds and it was very hot. I read for a while, but I started getting dizzy so I ventured to the water and the wet sand. I took pictures of the waves, they were much higher and rougher because of the hurricane. I got caught up in the crashing sounds and the foam that rushed to edge of my feet. I started digging up shells with my toes and I was so excited to find a shell perfectly intact. All the time that we have lived here I have never been able to find a shell with the spirals and complete. They are always broken or I can only find clam shells. I figured this was another broken one, but I wanted to take a picture of the spiral.

To my surprise I dug up a perfect treasure.

It was full of tiny other shells as well. There was an entire village of creatures living in this shell.  I kept it and continued to look for more. I saw some creatures that I have never seen before and I have no idea what they are. I did not bother them, I only took pictures. The last time I messed with creatures of the sea I found out that they were Conus sea snails and I was picking them up and examining them close to my face. At any moment I could have been harpooned with their tooth right in my face. I learned my lesson about how I should not touch sea creatures.

I continued to find shells of two.

Attached clam shells and rows of different types of shells. I took pictures and sat in silence. When I left it occurred to me that I had not once thought about being alone. I had not once felt anxious. I had not once felt awkward saying “hi” to people. I had not once thought about what they were thinking of me wallowing on the sand taking pictures on my elbows or digging with my toes. Or how I got face to the ground examining the contents inside some of the shells. It didn’t even occur to me to think that others were around. I danced in the water and played with the waves and I did not care. It seemed like it was right out of movie scene when the character discovers something. Possibly right after a climax or right before…before something bad happens. Oh, well no sharks and the kids were great that evening too. No worries about the next lead in to a climax, until another time.

It was a lovely day.



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4 thoughts on “A Lovely Day

  1. Eliana

    Looks like you had a fabulous day! I’m so behind on your blog. I’ve been gone for awhile. I’ve had internet access but, not time to read all my favorite blogs.

  2. Alienhippy

    Your beach looks so lovely.
    I’m so pleased you had such a wonderful day.
    Also I LOVE that you danced in the sea, so cool!
    Love you so much.
    Lees. xxx :)

  3. Angel Post author

    Hi Elaina!
    Glad to see you back. I hope you are able to catch up with your blogs to read!

    Hi AM and Lees too!

    It was a wonderful day, I am glad I could share here. :-)

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