July 2009 Archives
The rain began in the small hours of the morning, and by the time we were awake, the bay was full of whitecaps and pounding waves, with rain blowing almost horizontally against the house. We saw the sun again by afternoon, but the waves have continued, and the tide was higher than usual after the storm.
When we got to the beach today, an abandoned dribble castle stood very near the breaking waves. By the time I put away the Sunday paper and began to draw, the water's edge had moved, and the beach expanded. Two small cousins had waded in up to their waists, and were getting ready to splash another, larger, cousin. He laughed, and pretended to be knocked over.
I saw this on the ground when I was walking home from a friend's house this evening, and picked it up, thinking of Harold.
One of my best friends from high school came through town last night, and gave me a tiara this morning as a birthday present, instructing me to wear it all day. So I did. (Well, I took it off when we went to pick up our youngest at camp and run a couple of errands, but otherwise I wore it all day... ) A marvelous time, with conversations, reading, good food, friends and family, ending with a very very long multi-generational party in the back yard. The glowstick was added to the tiara during the party.
Another sign of summer: at last count, there were 9 pairs of zori (or flipflops) in our front hall, in a drifted heap with children's sneakers and my favorite sandals at the foot of the staircase. En masse, they remind me of a school of fish. (Hmm... front hall as tide pool - an idea to explore further.)