STONE HARBOR, NJ – As our week at the beach draws to a close, the girls are in bed, though not yet asleep, I type, watching the sun set from the back deck of our rented house.
I am struck by a sense of gratitude for this time with my family, for the sun and the ocean and the earth, for my life.
We returned to the sea this year with an ebullient sense of excitement and anticipation. We return home tomorrow, filled with new memories, nourished by deepened connections with one another and our extended family.
Walking back from the beach with Hannah, slowly, looking for interesting rocks on the way, I was reminded again how important it is to attend to the present, to stop for the beautiful purple flowers, and to share a moment together.