Saturday, June 23, 2012

Be Jubilant

I hate the last day of vacation. It always makes me sad. I want the freedom from work, home care, worries, to just fade away forever. When I am on vacation, I can justify doing nothing but fun things. When I am home, I can't. It is that simple.

We found another fun creature as we frolicked on our last day at the beach. It looked like a baby lobster. It clung to the seaweed that rolled in on the tide, and then lost its grip and began hopping on the sand, trying to catapult itself back into the surf. We snagged him, and filled our frisbee catch-pen with sea water and watched this new creature, enthralled. And then, as the tide continued to go out, we saw dolphin off-shore. I was glad Asherel got to see them. I see them every morning on my bike ride, but she is still communing with Mr. Sandman that early.

The highlight of the week probably for Asherel was the Beatles Tribute band at the Bamboo Cafe. The restaurant was a 5 minute walk from our condo, and this band plays on Friday nights. We had gone last year and were one of two customers there since a hurricane was passing nearby. No one else dared go out, but we would go through hell and high water (and did) to see the Beatles reincarnate. Not only is this tribute band pretty good, but the restaurant serves fish and chips.We were all looking forward to the band and great food to cap our week at Hilton Head.

But before dinner I took one more bike ride on the beach. The tide was out, and I saw the telltale signs of people pointing at the water. I pulled over and stood watching and soon saw the dolphin fins rise out of the water. It does not take much to bring absolute joy to me. Dolphin arching sleek grey backs off shore always sends me into paroxysms of delight.

But alas, the week is over and we drive back home today. I've missed the dogs and I will be happy to see them, and in just a couple of weeks, we will be off to another adventure to see my folks in NY and Anders in Boston. But first, I will sneak off while my family still sleeps and bike along the sand, and keep my eyes open for grey fins splitting the ocean while pelicans splash nearby.

1 Chronicles 16:27-32 (NIV)
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place. [28] Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. [29] Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. [30] Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. [31] Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns! ” [32] Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!

-save a dog-


  1. I just finished reading Broken Ear as recommended by a friend. My husband and I are currently fostering an abandoned dog, who has challenges, and this book gave me lots of insight and hope, especially knowing that God is guiding us. I could relate to many experiences described in your book. Thank you for sharing this positive and humorous story telling your and Asheral's journey, which is truly inspirational!

  2. Thankyou so much! Never give up!