We’ve all turned the big one: 30 years old, forty, fifty? Well, I’ve turned the big 80 this week.
And due to Covidtimes my daughter, Kathleen and her family helped me celebrate it safely at one of my favorite places, our Long Beach boardwalk, the other, our Long Beach sands.
So we met a recent evening at Marvel’s for ice cream, laughs, some wonderful gifts, and a short walk— keeping masked and social distance, of course.
Thursday evening was splendid weatherwise. The cool sea breeze added to the safety of the gathering. At seven, the sun was below the horizon and the other patrons of the boards strolled, biked and skateboarded past.
The birthday balloons were a big hit with me and the passers-by, many shouting, “Happy birthday!”
Kathleen even brought candles to put in my sundae but then she said, “Whoa!” and opted for a safer hand array.
I gladly blew them out, glad there weren’t eighty. And I did blow away from masked faces.
We live in a weird era, these Covidtimes. But they force us to opt for alternate choices that actually turn out to be more memorable than the routine.
This was a very special evening. Even with the sun below the horizon, it still cast its light upon the clouds. The clouds in turn reflected their pink in a purple hue upon the sea. And you know me, I just had to stop and shoot that fantastic stuff just for you, dear reader.
And my daughter, Kathleen just had to capture me capturing it.
We chatted about being in the presence of such splendor and the truth that no matter how one tries, no matter one’s skill, no matter the camera, nothing is like—being there.
But it’s not just with eyes, and ears, or even the scent of the sea that makes these moments so powerful. It’s also hearts. Hearts which offer the love and our own which opens to receive it.
And so, with my humble words and iPhone photos I show you this offering of love to a grandpa. And through them, I hope in these troubled times, you feel, and maybe share, a bit of my joy.
Over my eighty years, I’ve learned that it’s moments like this, the simple ones, the powerful ones, that make life worth living. And when they come, you gotta be open to them, you just gotta be there.