Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Once again, its a beautiful day here in Eastern North Carolina. Sure, there are many other beautiful places in the world to be but if you have to be "stuck" somewhere, this place isn't so bad! The girls and I went to the beach yesterday. We left around 9 am, took one bag with towels and few toys and were back home at 11:45 am. Not many people in our country can say that. For most Americans, you'd have to travel a long distance, make many arrangements and let's not even get started on the cost. Or, for most that live near the ocean, the beaches may be crowded or difficult to get to. Not here at Topsail Island. Although we often make comments about how small and underdeveloped it seems in comparison to other beaches, it really is a treasure and should be seen that way. For those of us that live here, we take it for granted that we can go to the beach anytime we want and get there in just minutes. I didn't realize that growing up and I want to make sure that my children understand just how lucky we are to have such a wonderful pastime available at no cost! We have access to one of the few beaches left which doesn't charge for parking and a place to put your chair is easy to find, even in the middle of the summer. It may not stay that way but for this year at least, we plan to take advantage of that. If we get tired of the beach, there are always other ways to spend our time. We live in an area in which the daytrips are countless. You can go north, south or west and in just a few hours or less find something of interest. There's history, nature, art, entertainment and so much more that we don't do often enough. If you absolutely can't find anything else to do, there's plenty of shopping and dining a few miles away. I have found lately that if you just look through the local papers, you'll find plenty to do, especially in the spring and summer. There are movies in the park now in Surf City, along with some other activities. There are festivals and celebrations almost every wekkend. For the first time since I was 15, (and yes, that was 15 years ago!) I will have weekends off during the summer and I plan to make the most of it. I hope Curtis is up for the challenge because we haven't had this conversation yet. I'm looking forward to (and nervous about) next week when the oldest is out of school for the summer. Hopefully, I can keep all three children entertained and happy for a few weeks. However, that shouldn't be hard to do hear in our small but beautiful corner of the world!