I’m back! It was a relaxing vacation, as relaxing as it could be with three children under 8 years old, including a one year old. We spent four days at the beach, soaking up the sun, swimming in the ocean and the pools, and having fun on the boardwalk. The kids had a blast doing what they love to do, swim, stay up late, play games, and acquire junk which to them equates to treasure. I was almost completely unplugged the entire time. I had my Droid of course, but I used it for finding places to eat and amusements. I have to admit I did have to spend some time on my brother-in-law’s laptop, trying to solve some issues with his iTunes. For the record, I am not an Apple hater, I own an iPod, my son has an iPod Touch and my wife has a Mac, but I am not their biggest fan either. And the hour I spent dealing with iTunes just heightened my distaste. I never solved the problem, I don’t even think I got close, but I tried.
Other than seeing my wife and kids have a good time on vacation, the highlight for me is always the ocean. I know this will sound cliché, but I am enthralled by the ocean. I could sit for hours doing nothing but watching the waves come rolling into the shore. I don’t need a book, an iPod, or a fishing rod, I just need to be there. The crash, the roar and the hiss of each wave is like music to me. The endless reach of the water out into the horizon makes me feel like I am standing at the edge of the world, and the rhythmic pulse of each wave is the world’s heartbeat. I would stand in the surf and let each wave pound into me, feeling the pull of the current and feel so insignificant, so tiny compared to the power of the ocean, yet never felt so much alive than at that time.
Wherever we went and whatever we did, I always tried to be in a position where I could see the water or hear the water lapping up against the side of a boat or pier. We had a chance to get out on a boat during our trip and it was amazing how such a short time out on the water could make me feel so at peace. The gentle roll of the deck and a southerly wind erased all stress and worry. It’s hard to even write about it because I lack the words and the memory of it, I just “existed” there. Even now, I think a small part of me is still there. I hope to hold on to that feeling until I can return to the water again.
Thanks to my in-laws for providing such a great escape. I enjoyed myself immensely, and I know my wife and kids did too. Thank you again!