Thursday, May 31, 2012

back from the beach

 
 
 

it's a funny thing, leaving the ocean. shaking the sand out of your shoes and hair and getting into a hot car to ride the hot miles back home. this reddening of skin and lightening of hair. there's a physical and spiritual transformation that happens on those shores.

somewhere between riding bicycles at sunset and trudging our sore feet to the italian ice shack to eat a pint a day of the delicious, creamy treat, between helping grandparents up the stairs and sitting around an old table with them, between the late mornings and midnight movie screenings and long walks amid shells we find ourselves kinder. gentler. our hard, stressed, working, maxed-out bodies eroded like the old houses on the far end of the island, with sandbags against their bases and wind-decayed shutters.

but nothing sleeps like your own bed, and nothing feels as sweet as walking barefoot in your own kitchen, even when juggling piles of laundry from a weekend away.

p.s. that picture of robert's grandparents just melts my heart. that's what this life is about. more than anything else. that right there.


**today is the last day to enter my mixed tape giveaway project. i'll start compiling the songs this week and pick a winner by monday!

18 comments:

Alli said...

Beautiful. You're right, nothing beats your own bed but I think the sandy shores sure make it worthwhile to sleep somewhere else for a few nights. :)

The first picture made me stop and really look at it. They're precious.

Kira said...

That photo of his grandparents is so sweet. And you look so pretty, I love that dress!

Tiffany said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend away! I absolutely love the picture of Robert's grandparents. What a treasure you guys had to spend this weekend with them. I'd give anything to have the chance to do that myself!

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Christi said...

What a wonderful photo of the grandparents. Perfect.

Janelle said...

So sweet! I love the dress - where did you get it?

Emily said...

Look at you tan thing! Jealous, I become one with the beach when Im there, its my happy place. That picture is beyond adorable!! They are so cute.

ginanorma said...

I like Roberts beard:o
and you look stunning, and that sand looks so soft, but there is nothing quite. like. home.

bethani said...

these pictures make me want to venture to the shore with husband quickly...

Melissa Blake said...

I have such fond childhood memories of sitting in the sand and looking out over the water. Thanks for reminding me!

Amber said...

whoa, your hubby has quite the beard going on! Its very manly and cool.

Michelle said...

You are STUNNING in that dress. I can't get over it! I love what you wrote about the beach. It's what I miss the most about living North Carolina. And the grandparents...what a goal to live for!

Ana Magdalena said...

That photo of Robert's grandparent melts my heart.

ps: I love that dress on you, so beautiful!

wildchild said...

that sounds like the perfect vacation! but yes, coming home is always so sweet.

and you look beautiful in that dress!

chambanachik said...

Sounds so lovely. And you are just gorgeous!!

Laura Darling said...

It's nice to go away, and it's nice to come back home! :)

ladaisi said...

A beautiful post. There is something very healing in the seaside. I love your dress, btw.

kate said...

that sweet picture makes my heart swoon with romance. it is so true about the ocean. there is something about the sand and waves that makes you feel alive and new again. so wonderful. i love this my dear :D

vintch said...

hey guys-the dress is one of the many i received in that big lot of dresses from my sweet neighbor's great aunt. she had spectacular taste and just happened to be my size. best purchase i've made in a long while!

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