“Standing here, in this quiet house where I can hear the birds chirping out back, I think I’m kind of getting the concept of closure. It’s no big dramatic before-after. It’s more like that melancholy feeling you get at the end of a really good vacation. Something special is ending, and you’re sad, but you can’t be that sad because, hey, it was good while it lasted, and there’ll be other vacations, other good times.”
― Gayle Forman, Where She Went
Oh how I hope Ms. Forman is correct. I am home from 7 days of complete relaxation and sunshine and I am desperately trying to hold on to that mood. But how do you hold on to the sense of timelessness when the alarm clock sounds, e-mails need to be checked and appointments need to be kept? Life is rushing at me with all its messy requirements — doctors appointments, deadlines, babysitting schedules and laundry included.
So I’m not sad, but, yes, melancholy sounds right.
We have vacationed at the same spot every year (save one) for 8 summers. Beachwalk offers us a short drive to a different world. It’s a world where my kids don’t fight,
we can spend hours each day on the beach,
I have seemingly endless hours to read brilliant books,
and sunsets appear brighter than ever.
I love this world. My husband and my sons and my mom also love this world, which makes Beachwalk even more special.
Meals and snacks are unscheduled. I am more inclined to open a new book than update my news-feed, leaving me disconnected enough to truly recharge. Whether my sons wake up and grab a fishing pole, or take a bike ride around the quiet streets or head to the park with balls and gloves, they are completely at home and entertained.We all know our way around the resort’s streets, providing a sense of security as our boys roam free.
Our Beachwalk world feels simultaneously fresh and familiar.
Now we are home. It’s definitely familiar, and I am refreshed.
I will not be sad. I will be thrilled at how great it was to live in that other world. I will look forward to my eventual return and the good times to come.