We took a long weekend and went to the beach. And I assumed I’d be showing you a more beach-y picture. But, really, this is one of my favorites. I’m not one for boardwalks, but the beach to which we went isn’t too big and so its boardwalk (especially at the north end, where we were) is tame and fairly quiet. You know, people out strolling and eating ice cream cones.
I think part of the reason I like this image so well (besides the soft blur of the lights) (because I love a good, soft blur) is that it reminds me of the evening I took it. We’d returned from dinner (and ice cream cones) and my daughter asked if we could take a walk on the beach before bed. Of course.
There were others walking on the beach in the fading light (but not too many). We looked for shells and mostly walked in silence. The four of us. Together, but also slightly in our own worlds. It was a beautiful night.
As we left the beach and crossed the boardwalk, my husband and kids walked ahead of me; I paused to make this shot. And so I suppose it marks something for me. The end of a great beach day with my family, yes. But it also marks the softness I felt that evening. The softness of the sand, the softness of the gentle waves breaking at my feet. The softness felt for my husband and my quickly-growing kids. Also, the softness felt for myself as I walked the beach that evening with thoughts rolling around my brain; the softness felt as I let those thoughts wash over me like the sea washing over my feet.
So this is the photo I want to share with you today. The one that tells a story of softness. And I know it’s easy to feel softness when walking along a beach in the gentle, fading light. But if I can catch myself in the midst of the softness – if I can recall that feeling – maybe I can carry it with me through the rough and ragged parts too. Yes, that’s the trick…to carry it, to keep it close. I’m going to try. You with me?
Sending a little love your way, m
P.S. One last reminder about Jessica’s beautiful offering for the month of August…Summer Slowdown. I think it’s going to be delicious and just right. Click here for details.