Taking a “vacation” was not a usual event in our family of seven, but we did manage to live in two countries [Italy and Turkey] courtesy of the US Navy and once settled back in the United States, visited family. As a big family, visiting other members of our extended family was our vacation.
As a child, visiting family meant climbing in our station wagon and driving straight from Washington, D.C. to Key West, Florida. We’d reach the Florida Keys and know that once we reached the Seven-mile Bridge we were almost there.
It always seemed to be around the July 4th break. My cousins would have spent the night on the beach, saving our place in the sand. Our days were full of sun, saltwater, shell hunting and great Cuban food. My favorite go-to meal when in Key West is always a good Cuban Mix sandwich. Still is, today.
It was a wonderful time of family gathering from several states to descend on my grandparents for a week. We heard lots of Spanish conversations we didn’t understand, enjoyed sleeping under a fan and waving palm fronds at each other. The “beach” brings back beautiful memories for me. Warm sand, hot sun and a walking the shore while at the beach is my all-time favorite pastime. It calms me, quiets my mind and lets me refresh my spirit.
As an adult, I still find any shore that gives me chance to walk near the water, breathe the salt air and listen to the sounds of waves to be a great vacation spot. From the Connecticut shores on the Long Island Sound…
And now that we have a forever home, I can add the view from our hammock, the quiet swish of lake waters and breezy evenings on our dock as the next best thing to an extended beach vacation.
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