Sunday, March 19, 2017

The most memorable sunrise of my life

This entry consists of pictures taken on the two mornings when we watched the sun come up on Cozumel.  Brooke took us to some sort of park where we were the only ones there: it was perfect.  There was an open-air bar, closed of course, but with lots of chairs for us to sit in and ponder.  Brooke said there's no electricity there, so they use a generator at the bar for their electrical needs.  

I have seen many lovely sunrises in my life, but there was something about it being "just us" together, dwarfed by the vastness of the ocean, that was truly unforgettable.  

My daughter, Rachel, was celebrating five years cancer free.

There was a swing, one that I could actually use without pain!  These days when everything has to be so safe, swing seats are usually a piece of rubber or plastic, so if the seat hits somebody in the head it won't hurt them.  Maybe those work for children, or anyone with a smaller rear end than mine, but my butt needs a solid board to sit on when I swing; this one had it!  What a wonderful feeling of freedom, swinging at the ocean's edge.  Words don't describe it.  

This was my special "alone time" section of the beach.  The first morning there, I sat on one of those rocks, sang a couple verses of "How Great Thou Art", and thought big, deep thoughts.  When I joined the others, Rachel asked, "Were you meditating?"  "Nope," I said.  "I would have had to close my eyes, and I didn't want to do that."

Can you see me?

When I looked at my footprints in the sand, then saw the waves roll in and wipe them out, I realized that's how life is.  You're here and then you're gone... without a trace.  Rachel found that concept depressing, but it's what she gets for letting a senior citizen tag along on her vacation; we tend to have those solemn, end-of-life thoughts.

For the rest of my life, this is the portion of our visit I will treasure most when I remember Cozumel.  The truly defining moments for me.  I'm so grateful to these three people for making it happen.


Back Porch Writer said...

Aww, I love hearing and seeing this. I know it would have meant to me much of the same as it means to you. There is something about the ocean (especially at sunrise and sunset) and it's vastness that is very spiritual and puts so much of life into perspective. It's beautiful being beside such a big body of water and not knowing what all is underneath and what all stories it holds. Brought tears to my eyes when you said you sang oceanside, How Great Thou Art. He is big and He is great! I'm so glad you had a good trip.

Paula said...

Sounds like a wonderful quiet peaceful time.

krueth said...

It sounds perfectly wonderful to be on an ocean beach swinging on the swing and just taking in the beauty of it all. Thank you for sharing. Wendy

Lori said...

Beautiful pictures, all, but my two favorites were the ones of Rachel in the ocean and you on the swing.

Mary Degli Esposti said...

What Lori said about the two favorite pictures.

My daughter, Rachel, was celebrating five years cancer free.
Much of this entry read like a free-style poem to me. And the above sentence was the very best part of the poem.
May you go back in your mind many times.

Mary Degli Esposti said...

You know the "Can you see me?" I think I can actually Feel you.


The most poignant photos were you on that swing and your daughter standing out in the surf. There is something so beautiful about a sunrise that takes your breath away. I am glad you were there and a witness to this one. It forever changed your life I know.

Margaret said...

I'm kind of depressing too at times, but I prefer to consider myself realistic. I think many people will miss me, and mourn me, but my traces will disappear. Hopefully the memories of me will be loving and positive. :) Your photos are gorgeous. There is nothing like the ocean.