For the first time in about a year, I’ve had a couple of good reasons to be away from the blog:
1) I actually had some writing to do for someone other than myself (hooray!).
2) We went on a vacation … without our children (hooray, hooray!).
Last Saturday, Andrew and I traveled down to Guana Cay in the Bahamas for a week’s vacation with friends. If we’d gone to Florence or Edinburgh or even San Francisco, I might have something interesting to say about the trip, but the fact is that we did very little.
We sea kayaked and snorkeled. We slept, read and ate. We sat in the ocean drinking rum punch, and in the fistfuls of red-flecked sand we pulled up in the shallows came star fish, sand dollars and intricate pieces of coral. Beauty was everywhere, from ocean to sky, and the main thing I felt for the seven full days we were away was gratitude. It is amazing to feel so consistently grateful for such a sustained period of time.
Now that I’m back to my real life, I’m trying to remember the lessons I learned last week:
1) Reading makes me a better person.
2) Waking up to complete quiet is an unspeakable joy.
3) Immense gratitude makes me feel like I have super powers.
4) My husband is still the most thoughtful, handsome person I know.
5) When you start getting paranoid that a shark is going to appear out of nowhere while you’re inspecting the coral reef, it is time to come in.
If you’re disappointed that I didn’t write a real essay tonight, go read some other insightful, lovely, inspiring words on the Art House America blog, a diamond in the rough. I am really excited to have been included in last week’s batch of features. Enjoy!