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Monday, June 24, 2013

Breaking The Seal

It's not like I don't want to live fully, unfettered and outside the box. It's just that the existing captions are so large. They seem to have been placed there by misspent ideas, as foreboding as parents. Every hallway I skip down has a mirror that mimics a serious outlook....a responsible tenure, as if adult propriety were inbred and inescapable. But not this night.

The storm gathered strength thoughout the day, almost as if everyone who cowered from it, fed it. Wind sliced the rain into sidelong glances that cut smarter than any dead stare. For an east coast summer night it was darn right cool.

It was the child who said, "Lets go outside and get wet. Can we, can we?" The beach had been there for three days. Not a one of us had yet been wet. But there was an undercurrent of youthful energy that seemed to say the milk has already been spilt, so we may as well play in it. I thought to decline. It was cold. My hair looks shitty wet. My clothes would stick to my body, which at my age is nothing to advertise. But Annabelle was tugging at my shirt hem and she wanted to play. I really had no worthy excuse that would appease her, so we all nodded what-the-hell and headed for the beach.

The sand was wet, and easy to run on. I ran fast, hard, spending all. I ran into the waves, back out, in again. We shouted stupid stuff and sang stupid songs and all the "stupid" in me had a brilliant time! It was the highlight of my vacation. "I want to get a picture of this" I said. We knocked on a door and a kindred spirit stood in the rain and captured us trying to look woebegone...


It didn't work.



I think I'm going to do more stupid stuff.
People outta be stupid more often.

19 comments:

  1. look at that smile. love it.

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  2. Annie, you look fantastic!!!! Clearly unwound and relaxed and in the moment and playfully aware

    Yes, keep it up. You have found a secret formula for holding on to silly and pushing away serious. Maybe not all the time, but now you know what's possible. Go forth , my friend :-)

    Love love
    kj

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    1. You are a dear. I was closer to you for a week. Definitely closer :)

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    2. i won;t be surprised if one day......

      xoxo

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  3. It makes very little sense to go to the beach and not get wet...

    I always like to play in the rain...

    Try it sometime.

    ~shoes~

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    1. Wild and crazy professor :) Is that what you're doing with all your free time these days? I approve!

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    2. Akshully, I'm teeching summer skool... HAR!!

      But I'm gonna squeeze some travel time into this summer somewhere... :oD

      ~shoes~

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  4. Stupid is highly over-rated. I'm glad you had a blast at the beach. I'm longing for a beach, a mountain or even a wading pool. I've tripped and fallen into the abyss again and the sides are too slippery to get out. Love you. xo

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    1. Nooooo. Life alert. I'm sending the cutest EMT I can find! And prayers. Love you!!!

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    1. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! You big kid you!

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  6. Amen to that!

    (LOVE the pictures - and I'm amused that the young one there didn't even try to be woebegone. Ha!)

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    1. I know, lol. Too happy to comply I suppose :)

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  7. GREAT ADVENTURE,,,,i feel better now... :)

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    1. Fire and Rain...eh Mr. Glenn? We love 'em both!

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  8. It’s raining here today. I’m going to go out and play…
    Wonderful writing…

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    1. Might I suggest puddle jumping :)

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  9. Heck ya to getting wet, and better yet, in the ocean!!!

    Cheers to all the stupid things we do.

    We have had plenty of rain here.. I'm enjoying it..

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