Socializing Safely

When the girls devised the plan to go see the sunset at the seawall with their cousins, I agreed to give it a try. It was a beautiful night, and I considered that at some point I have to teach them how to socialize safely. As we drove down Access Road to enter Lordship, the awful but lovely smell of low tide came in through the windows, and I realized how much I miss this area during this time. Arriving along the water’s edge, we cautiously looked for a spot with a good view. As we passed a few restaurants on the block, I was surprised to see so many people gathered without masks and certainly not social distancing, but as we drove farther and pulled into a spot near the beach, I was surprised to see so few people in this area, and my nervousness subsided. We unloaded towels and chairs from the trunk, and I reminded the kids to put their masks on. After climbing arms full over the stone ledge and keeping our balance crossing the rocks, we traveled closer to the water. The girls set up blankets apart from one another forming a circle in the sand. I followed placing my chair a good distance from my sister-in-law. The conversation immediately started filling with frequent laughter and smiles. The girls soon got up to explore a bit and find the best spot to capture the sunset. Although their mouths were covered, I could see their eyes smiling even from across the beach. As the wind began to pick up, we ended our outing. We drove home a bit happier than when we had left. People need people, not only seen on a screen or heard across a phone line, but in person.

7 thoughts on “Socializing Safely

  1. And people need to smell the air, only an ocean make and see those sky colors, only a sunset can make. That’s for allowing me to travel with you to the beach through your slice this morning. I miss the beach!

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  2. My favorite phrase- “the awful but lovely smell of low tide”!
    Your piece makes me hopeful, as we find ways to enlarge our activities and contacts. Great accompanying photos, too.
    Other favorite line: “Although their mouths were covered, I could see their eyes smiling even from across the beach.”
    Thank you for this piece, this morning!

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