We’re nearing the end of our beach trip, and since today is rainy and windy, it’s probably time. My husband and I are both working from home, so we figured we could work from the beach too. We’ve each been doing a few hours a day plus the usual sandcastles, wave-jumping, ice cream eating and the like. We’ve made some good memories, even if it hasn’t exactly been relaxing. The baby has reverted to newborn sleep. I’m up around 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. every night.
But yesterday, I decided to build in a little treat. None of the kids wanted to go back to the beach in late afternoon at low tide, so I went all by myself. I swam for 20 minutes or so without worrying about anyone else, without thinking about much, just enjoying the waves, the wind, and the wide open sky.
I’m an introvert. One challenge for me with a big family is that someone is always talking to me. This has been even more true over the past few months with everyone home 24-7. I’ve learned that I’m better prepared for this if I get at least a little bit of guaranteed silence and solitude. A little break in the waves can do that.