"Those who have experienced Paris have advantage over those who have not. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth." - Deirdre Kelly

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Your Daily Reward: Reconnect

"At the beach, life is different.
Time doesn't move hour to hour but mood to moment.
We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun."
- Unknown

Last week at dinner, Mr. Gorgeous, ma mere divine, the children and I were talking about how sad we are that summer is over; how we wish that we could convince summer to stay for just a little while longer. Never, our youngest (7) suggested that we all go and say goodbye to summer personally - from the mouths of babes ya'll. Right then and there we decided to run away; pack only a change of clothes each, bathing suits and toothbrushes, pile into the family car and go. Of course there's only one place to say goodbye to summer...

The next day I called J (a family friend who graciously allows us to rent her beachfront cottage) and asked her if we could come for a long weekend, Peter arranged to get a Thursday and Friday off from work, and I contacted each of the children's teachers and arranged for homework packets-to-go.

Last summer

Besides literally being a slice of heaven, what I love most about our simple beach hideaway is that we're cut off from the world: no politics or worries; no shoes, no make up. There are only 10 cable channels and the poorest cellphone signal. There's a great bbq place down the road, and a bar that has live music and yummy seafood a little farther down the road, and an amazing gourmet grocery store just beyond that. No distractions; just sand, sun and 100% family time - indeed, the perfect way to say goodbye to summer.

Day 7: Run away with the ones you love. And if you can't actually go anywhere: unplug the phones, turn off the tele, tell everyone you're going away and spend a weekend...reconnecting.

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


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