Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Myrtle Beach Daze

Sorry I didn't post yesterday...I spent my precious last few minutes with my family before I had to head back to Florida...but I have two posts in one here...and to my family, still in MB...I miss you terribly...

I returned for a while to the place of childhood vacations...memories abound...loved ones gone are missed...my sisters and I take a walk on the beach...As a family, we are beach people...we have always loved the beach and the ocean...we love to walk on the sand in the early morning and late evening...some of us like to bake in the midday sun...

Sunday after I posted the sunrise and the ocean view, my sisters Pat (middle) and Meredith (right), and I went for a walk...as you can see from the photo...we have no sense of humor...I had asked them to look like they were walking...and this is the pose I got...I dubbed it the 3 Tops and a Couple of Bottoms...

There were some 17 of us by midday...and everyone was going to the beach...no questions asked...so we packed coolers...swathed ourselves in potions...gathered towels, chairs, beachmats...and off we took...

this is what the beach looked like...a veritable ocean of people...bodies and booties and umbrellas and towels...as far as the eye can see...

As you know I am in the studio by myself most of the time...what you don't know is that I do not do crowds...ever...I don't Christmas shop in December...I don't go to movies...I don't go to crowded anything...but I was going to give it a try and stay with my family for an hour...I was okay until I walked out into the ocean to get my feet cool...the sand was 185 degrees at least...when I turned around to take a photo of this scene, I had a full-blown panic attack of some sort...I said "I'm outta here..."...and I sprinted like OJ through the airport...hurdling bodies and dodging bellies and coolers...back to the stairs...onto the boardwalk...across the street...through the guard gate...back to the beach house...Oh My...

The picture does not begin to capture the crowds...if you look at right you can almost get a feel of the scene...it was high tide so only a small portion of beach was available for all the people from the big condo/hotel and all the people from Oceanside Village...and any other random people who were brave enough to want to be on that section of beach at that time...even the ocean had standing room only...people were shoulder to shoulder...No, not me...I went to a craft fair...nice and cool and full of beautiful handmade treasures...

During our early morning walk...my sisters left me to meditate in the sand while they walked further...I can only go so far...so I found this wonderful sprite of a child collecting treasures with her daddy in the early morning... she had a net and a purple bucket to fill...

She reminds me of me...seriously looking for treasures from the sea to call mine...her daddy helping her...it took me back...to a time long ago...when I first learned of the ocean and the beach and how they calm my soul...and fill my heart...and enliven my spirit...at an age like this little one I knew I must live by the sea...and I am blessed that I do...

Today's aMUSEment - what calms your soul and fills your spirit?...resolve to take a few minutes today to do these things...and make a plan to do them more often...
U Be Creative Today!

12 comments:

tut-tut said...

I so understand your sentiments about crowds; I don't think I could have endured the beach at that hour, either. Looks so much more restorative during the early morning hours . . .

eb said...

no crowds for me either - loving those 3 tops/sisters...

and the early morning shell collecting sprite...

any mail yet?

xox - eb.

A Fanciful Twist said...

OH MY!! I Am howling with laughter!!!!! I do not like crowds either... I detest them, they make me feel like I am drowning.... But, I would like to morph into that little girl... I always say "I am outta here.." I loved the hurdling coolers and chairs to get the heck outta there! You and your sisters are hilarious!!!! Oh, I just think ou are the bestest of the best!!!! XOXO

Naturegirl said...

Ahhhh...these images remind me of the days I spent on the beaches in Florida!! You ae blessed to be near such calming energizing beaches!

....regarding your comment on my post today...yes you can with a lot of miracle grow water and LoVe! hugs NG

Lisa'Oceandreamer' S. said...

GREAT photo of you 3 sillies!!(I can tell you all have a good time together)
I do not like going to the beach when there are more people than sand. Not a fan of crowds either.
I want to be doing what the wee sprite was doing...walking along collecting shells and sea glass and the odd stone...on a quiet morning.

XOXOXO

marita said...

where have you been dear friend?!what a great post rebecca!! crowds, crowds!! no thanks but i'm in to look 'peacefully' for treasures in the sand near your lovely home.
and that fabulous photo of your walking sisters. LOL!! GREAT!!
amazing shot rebecca! please more!

Rochambeau said...

Dear Ms. Cre8tive,
I think you and your sisters have a great sense of humor!!
Sorry about your crowd attack. Seems I can handle crowds in wide open places, but when my personal space is invaded upon thats when I panic!!
Well you knew what to do anyway.

Glad you could be with your family all together like that. What a treasure!
Have a creative day, and thanks for your kind words. You are a sweetie.

zorana said...

What a lovely photo of the three of you! A quiet morning on the beach compared to crowds gets my vote too.

Tricia Scott said...

ohhh! i don't do crowds either! myrtle beach was the beach i went to as a little girl---boy has it changed!

:)

paris parfait said...

Such great photos - funny one of your three tops/sisters and the adorable little girl with her dad. I hate big crowds too, especially at a beach.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

Very nice post! Loved all of it...and I'm jealous...cuz I don't have a drop of water anywhere near!

Gretchen said...

Happy family there. Love the three sisters' pic. :)

I'm not a crowd lover either. I prefer solitary life in a forest to a crowded beach.

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