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The Unexpected Gift Of Spring
Published on Sunday, March 21, 2010 by

Just before the school year began, I wrote about holding on to your heaven.  My heaven?  The beach.  Corolla to be exact.  Through these winter months, the ocean seems a lifetime ago.

Until today.  For a brief period of time, my heaven returned.  And reminded me that today is the first day of spring.  And that after spring comes summer.  And peace, once again.

Today, in Virginia Beach, on March 20, it was over 70 degrees.  OVER SEVENTY DEGREES.  My boys?  Practice and hanging out.  My daughter?  An all day play date after our First Communion workshop.  This leaves me with an afternoon.  A 78 degree afternoon.  Alone.

Shh!  Did you hear that?  It was the beach.  And it was calling my name.

Immediately my mind went in to beach mode.  But I don’t know how to go alone!  Every beach moment I have is with children.  Swimming with children.  Walking with children.  Watching children.  I don’t remember how to sit on the beach alone.  But if I remember correctly, a book MUST be involved.  It’s been 16 years, but yes, I believe there must be a book.

And shaved legs.  What if it is warm enough to put on my bathing suit?  I must shave my legs.  Now mind you, up until today, it has been winter.  Long pants.  Coats.  Razah whah?

Shower time.  I entered the bathroom armed and dangerous.  I had a 50 cent razor in one hand, used once.  Men’s shaving cream in the other.  Water on.  Ladies, start your engines.

The ugliness that ensued will be left to your imagination.  You can thank me now.  But suffice to say, out fell a few aluminum cans, a ballpoint pen and a pack of Juicyfruit gum.

From there, it was only a 30 minute drive between me and my little taste of heaven.  I rolled down the windows, put on my bad ass sunglasses and blasted the radio as I flew closer and closer to my great escape.

My dear friends, I give you… LITTLE ISLAND IN MARCH:

Little Island

Fortunately, I was prepared for what I had suspected all along.  Just a few steps towards the dunes and the ice cold wind hits.  But I was ready.  I plop down the chair, take out my book, roll up my shorts and zip up my hoodie.  Chilly, with a faint taste of the sunshine’s natural heat.

Finally a little too cold, I spread out a towel, settle behind my chair and begin to soak up true warmth radiating off of the sunned sand.  My eyes closed.  And when they opened, the beach was almost empty.  And my legs were burned.

I rubbed my eyes, took a swig of my drink and walked towards the icy waters.  The salt air filled my nostrils as I closed my eyes once again and breathed.  Remember.  This moment has to last for a few more months. Remember.

The cold water swirling around my feet brought me back to the present.  And a few hours later, I was home again, surrounded by my children.  Happy to be not so free again.

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  • Jen

    I think our lakes are still frozen. I don’t do the beach until June at the earliest and then it’s still cold. If I had a beach like yours I’d be there all winter long. That is amazing.

    I like the blue toenails!

  • What a brilliant idea! Oh, the sand, the sound of the gulls, the waves….yep, that’s heaven. What a perfect way to enjoy these first warm days. I’m jealous.

  • I’m outta here headed straight for the beach – I can smell it, feel it in the air – LOVE the blue nail polish!!

  • What a beautiful beach photo. I just did the semi-annual shaving of the legs ritual, too. Only I was out of razors and, out of desperation, ended up using horse clippers. I don’t recommend it.

    Also lovin’ the blue polish!

  • Some cans and some gum, huh? LOL
    How do you ever leave a beach that stunning?
    The blue nailpolish totally rocks!

  • A very Happy first day of Spring to you and the whole family. I even loved the blue toe nails 🙂 How creative.

  • Hi! First time on your blog! What a beautiful post! I felt like I was right there with you! Your writing is fantastic. I love the beach too…can’t wait to have my alone moment this spring 🙂

  • I *love* the blue toenail polish!

  • Oh, that photo.


    We got up into the high 60s last week (Chicagoland area) but it was probably more like 40 by the lake. Still, our first day of real spring will come. And when it does, I’ll be ready. Hairy legs, blue toenail polish, and all.

  • Great photo shot of the beach. Its amazing what we will do for our favorite places and activities. Northern California has some mountain lakes I have loved as a child. Your cold day sunning reminded me of one. Gold Lake was the places name and often in April a late storm would come in. It would be cold and windy, but the fishing would improve after the storm went away. I love going back at the beginning of the season, even though there are still 3-4 foot snow drifts.


    Donald from Hemroids Treatment

  • That sounds like just what we all need! Oh…and blue toes. They have to match beautifully with all the red blood from that razor. Man, that picture!…Summer can’t come quick enough!!.

  • When I saw the photos, it’s like the beach is calling me also. I’m so jealous and I wish I have time also. But I’m so happy for you. Oh..and by the way, nice choice of nail polish color. So cool!

  • I love the nail polish! Please tell me you didn’t eat that JuicyFruit!

  • Sarah

    My name is Sarah and I’m with Dwellable. I was looking for blog posts about Virginia Beach to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, drop me a line at Sarah(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you 🙂

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