Monday, June 7, 2010
Summer Reading Spot
Here is one spot where I plan to enjoy my summer reading. Matt at A Guy's Moleskine Notebook has a great post today about favorite reading spots--so I thought I would post a photo of one of mine. What a great idea for a post! Stop by Matt's blog to see the pretty coffee shop where he hangs out to read.
So, how is it that I am so incredibly fortunate to have a reading spot like those shown above? It's weird, because I got here by accident. My ex-husband was transferred to Hilton Head, SC and I came along, never having been to Hilton Head or anywhere else in South Carolina. As things turned out, the ex- and I split up a year after we moved to Hilton Head (a common syndrome here in paradise), and I ended up staying. I've been here for thirteen years now, raised two daughters to adulthood, built a career, and managed to accomplish my lifelong dream of living by the ocean--pretty much by accident.
This week is my last week of school. I'm going to pack up my classroom, grab my flip-flops, and, as the kids used to always say, "just chill." Well, swelter, actually, but I love the heat! I don't have the entire summer off, but I'm trying to hold on to a large part of my "recovery" time. I will sleep, read, recuperate, and start planning for next year (I go back August 8th, it comes fast).
I'm still trying to process what is happening in the Gulf Coast. I feel such sadness and despair when I see the photographs of dead and injured wildlife. It kills me that the arrogance and greed of people I will never meet have caused this destruction. But I have to look at myself too. I am a consumer of the product that has devastated the Gulf. There must be another way for us to live.
On Saturday afternoon I took a walk on the beach you see above. As I walked along the beach, a pair of dolphins followed me; this happens all the time, dolphins are highly social. I was thinking about the oil spill, wondering if it would spread to our part of the coast. It is a powerless feeling, waiting.