Sunday, March 14, 2010

Everyday Life: In the wake of the rain

The threat of rain couldn't keep me away. I'd already waited so long to breathe in the sweet salt air and slip my feet into the silky fine sand at the edge of turquoise water. I couldn't wait one more day.

So we didn't; we packed our beach bags and headed to Sanibel Island. And when the forecast came to fruition, the buckets of rain that drenched our sun-starved bodies couldn't even succeed in driving me away from my place of peace. We felt the drips of water grow from tiny drops to fat splashes that persuaded us to find a shelter, wait it out.
And I'm so glad we did. Because I've never seen beauty like I breathed in during our first visit back to an old, comforting friend.

The rain pattered to an end, and we were off to find where water meets shore and my heart meets peace. As the sun broke through haze and the clouds cleared, we reached the beach.

Our oldest made a beeline for the water with us at his heels. And then he stood in wonder at the water's edge, me by his side.

And we watched.

And breathed in the loveliness.

I didn't know it was possible, but the rain made everything all the more beautiful. Maybe because, here, there's always sun after the rain.

And discovery. And wonder. My heart just explodes with excitement now that I have someone who sees it the same way I see it ... someone who seems to love it just as much as I do. Someone who doesn't run away from the rain but waits to find the beauty left in its wake.


  1. My breath has been taken away! You know how I feel about the ocean, the sand and waves... it's just amazing. I've risked rain many a day to have the calm of the sea by my side.
    And those pictures of you and your little boy? Priceless!

  2. Beautiful writing and photos. So glad the transition from rain to sun enhanced your beach visit on Sanibel. Thanks for sharing.

  3. That first picture is AMAZING. I can't see where the water ends and the sky starts. Simply beautiful. So glad you got to wait out the rain.

  4. @Corinne, I honestly thought of you that day we were at the beach because I know how much you love it. There is nothing like sand and water to ease the soul -- best form of therapy ever!

    @Reinventing..., thank you. I wish you guys would have had a few nice days when you were down in the Keys.

    @Foursons, Me too. It was simply beautiful. Best day on Sanibel I've ever had. My heart needed it, and the time with G. was amazing.

  5. How on earth did I miss this?!



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