Doug and I drove to the Outer Banks Friday for a “business meeting” and then turned around and drove home Saturday.
Our business was buying a beach house.
After we picked up the keys, we kept saying, “Did we just buy a beach house?”
I think we shocked ourselves with this purchase.
As I sat in the family room of this new house, looking out at the ocean, I thought about our obsession with the beach. What made us want to buy a beach house? A good rental history? A good investment? It was more than that.
We’re pale, sun-sensitive, burn-and-peel-people.
So why a house at the beach?
I picked up a notebook and started writing answers to that question:
The beach is the great equalizer.
I can’t tell a CEO from a local fisherman. From the crowded aisles of Food Lion,to the sandy beaches, everyone looks the same.
And, it’s more than the sun.
It’s the state of mind, and the restful state of being.
It is the air, the pace, the friendliness, and unpretentiousness.
It’s the “ah” feeling that inspires naps, walks, bike rides, all-you-can-eat shrimp bars, ice-filled cups, and snowcones.
It’s also rainstorms, heat lightning, ocean views, pastel-colored houses, sea grass and mosquitos.
It’s salt, sand, and seafood; music and Adirondack chairs on the deck, and the smell of sunscreen.
It’s pools, hot tubs and outdoor showers.
It’s the sound and rhythm of the waves, seashells, turtle preserves, feral cats, t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops.
Kiteboarding, surfing, kites, coolers, books and acoustic guitar music; .
Beach fires, stargazing, sunrises, American flags, deep breaths, yoga classes on the beach.
Leisurely candlelight dinners, lengthy and relaxed conversations.
Games, puzzles, writing, fishermen, Bingo, and jet skis.
Hurricanes, evacuations, popsicles and pizza.
Sunglasses, miniature golf, Orange Blossom Cafe apple uglies.
Laughter, cooking, crafting, and healing
We have so many cherished memories from beach trips with friends and with our families.
We want more of those memories.
The beach is a place for creating and cherishing memories with people we love.
Anne Morrow Lindberg wrote in Gift from the Sea, “For life today… is based on the premise of ever-widening circles of contact and communication. It involves not only family demands, but community demands, national demands, international demands on the good citizen, through social and cultural pressures, through newspapers, magazines, radio programs, political drives, charitable appeals, and so on. My mind reels in it, What a circus act we … perform every day of our lives. It puts the trapeze artist to shame. Look at us. We run a tight rope daily…”
This describes my Washington, D.C. life perfectly.
So why the beach?
Again, I turn to Anne Morrow Lindberg: “The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach—waiting for a gift from the sea.”