Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). (Author: Ali Edwards)
Just one?! I hope I feel “most alive” more than once a year, whether it’s joyfully alive or excruciatingly alive. I will pick one memorable moment. No surprises that the moment includes two of my favorite things EVER – my kids and the beach.
On this particular summer day, we went out to Sullivan’s Island for an evening walk on the beach. We parked at the lighthouse and walked toward the harbor. The beach was practically deserted and and felt like we had the whole thing to ourselves. We stopped along the way for a few foot races. We looked for shells. Gus found various items that served as swords and carried on fierce battles against invisible foes. Mia tagged closely behind Anna, as always.
By the time we reached the harbor end, it was that time of evening when the light turns magical and everything becomes beautiful. Even the cargo ship was bathed in such a glow that it looked better than its normal utilitarian self. Lights came on inside the beach houses, which on this end of the island are quite extravagant, and we got little glimpses into the life inside. Across the harbor the city became outlined in street lights. The bridge, as always, was majestic.
It was low tide and tidal pools were everywhere. We discovered one filled will exquisite shells. The shells in turn were filled with shy hermit crabs. The picture below was not posed, which makes it all the more precious to me. My three kids, side by side, enjoying each other and enjoying the dance of the hermit crabs.
It just doesn’t get much better than this.