One of the greatest joys of living in a city by the sea is sharing it with friends. Today I did just that with my long time gal pal who is visiting from Colorado. She was born and raised in a suburb of Vancouver but has lived most of her adult life in the United States. One of the things she loves to do when she comes “home” as she calls it, to see family and friends, is to visit the beach.
After spending an afternoon together and evening (in which my husband cooked a fabulous barbecue dinner) we awoke this morning to a fall day fit for beach lovers. With it being warm but having a slight bite in the breeze we brought our windbreaker jackets and began the walk. We have known each other since we were teenagers, seen a lot, done a lot and lived to talk about it. Like all great girlfriends who have geographical distance between them the time can pass between seeing each other but we don’t miss a beat when we talk.
When we sat for a moment on a bench she took a deep breath and commented about how good that felt to breathe in the ocean air. We watched dogs parade by and herons patiently waiting for something to emerge that would become their meal. The sea gulls played with the wind and people passed by seizing the day as they wish. We took a few pictures of the scenery and each other along with one-handed photos capturing our two heads and funny faces together. (those pics are not included… especially the one with my nostrils seemingly taking center stage) It doesn’t seem to matter how old we get we can’t help but be silly and I love that!
When I think back to the times I have enjoyed my dear friends it has usually been in the most simplistic of settings, often enveloped by mother nature or in a cozy home. The beach has always been a wonderful place to connect on a deep level as the winds carry anything negative away and the walk opens you up to positive energy. What I came away with from today’s adventure was just a sincere sense of gratitude as I feel so incredibly fortunate to share life, love, friendship and laughter this way.