Now is time to enjoy instruments of the symphony

May 5, 2011

It was one of those days that makes you realize just why you live in this resort area.

A number of factors had come together to form the perfect lazy ambiance normally afforded to the lucky few. But not this day; it was free and anyone who showed up was welcome to partake of this experience.

I went down to the boardwalk to inhale the ocean breeze, a smell normally found only in perfume bottles at this time of year. But Mother Nature had a treat in store for those of us who survived the crazy winter.

The temperature had reached a balmy tropical 80 degrees. The sun rode her horse high in the cerulean blue sky, dodging the lone white tufted cloud. Sea gulls squawked, soared and circled, sometimes gathering in groups for that perfect picture postcard.

The beach was already filling up with adults carrying chairs and towels hoping to get a  bit of that sun to warm their pale-looking bodies. Little kids trotted behind them, racing towards the sand with pastel-colored buckets.

The benches were filling up too as old friends stopped to greet each other and new folks took in the scenario. Groups hung around laughing and chatting in a familiar pattern. Sometimes a dog would interrupt the stage by staring at a fellow canine before barking his approval.

I watched a little girl holding the string of a multicolored kite as her father knelt to stablize the handle and pretend that the child was mastering the kite as the wind took it higher and higher. The two of them delighted in the antics of the bobbing and weaving kite and you could tell they lived in the moment.

And that really is what a day like that was last week, living in the moment. You can do that when you live at the beach because there is so much that Mother Nature hands to you that is free for you to enjoy. But you have to stop and look around to get into the concert.

Everyone and everything changes at the beach. You can’t help but relax or at its best, be reflective.

For instance, there were lines in front of the concession that sells those incredible French fries that everyone loves, including the sea gulls. But it was one line where no one complained about the wait. I even heard people saying, “Go ahead, you were here ahead of me.” What?

Yes, it was a day when you didn’t need to bring anything to read; you didn’t need anyone to socialize with and you didn’t need to open that bag of worries you’ve carried around all winter. At the beach, you only need yourself to be in the moment.

I especially enjoyed the folks who took the time to pose for a photo in front of the beach signs explaining the rules for the season. Years from now, these same pictures will be pored over in fading albums.

They will still bring the same reaction as if it just happened today, and that is a wonderful smile.

Even the ocean seemed content on this day, slowly pushing her waves forward ever so gently. The kids screamed when they dipped their feet into the water and chased the waves back with all the bravado they could muster.

Now is the time to enjoy all the instruments of the symphony that Mother Nature has laid down.

You’ll feel better when you join the silence of your own thoughts and problems just by taking in the view and just living in that moment here in your own back yard.

  • Nancy Katz has a degree in creative writing and is the author of the book, "Notes from the Beach." She has written the column Around Town for the Cape Gazette for twenty years. Her style is satirical and deals with all aspects of living in a resort area on Delmarva.

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