I’ve turned 50 and now want to squeeze in all the fun I can (while I still can)! My husband and I are also raising two incredible sons who happen to be autistic. I also have a 34 year old, self sufficient, beautiful daughter. We don’t always have a lot of free time, but we love to travel when we can and we love food, although I have to be creative as both boys have dairy, egg, peanut and tree nut allergies. But we keep movin’ on!
Friday, June 29, 2012
Living the Dream
dreamed of spending my summers at the beach.I would always feel a touch of envy towards those classmates that were
fortunate to have a home at the beach as the school year came to a close.They would leave the city the day after school
ended and come back on Labor Day.
know where my love for the beach came from.While we live less than an hour from the RI coast which is littered
with gorgeous beaches, my parents really didn’t take me there very often at
all.Maybe the books I read during the
summer fed my desire to be at the beach, in particular a mystery series about
five pre-teen friends who met up at the beach every summer.I read every one of their adventures,
desperately wishing to be a part of them.
Ultimately, my dream
to spend summers at the beach never materialized.In my early 40’s, I never got to the
beach at all.My sons had sensory issues
related to their autism and didn’t like the sand.In addition, my youngest son Michael was
extremely difficult to handle in the early years and it was nearly impossible
to take both kids out alone.And, my
husband hates the beach.
I had the opportunity to rent a house in Narragansett and I took it.My husband was not happy about my decision,
but I really didn’t care.My sons and I
were here for a month while my husband stayed in the city. My daughter came down for a couple of weeks
too and several of my closest friends have homes at the beach.We went to the beach everyday with old
friends and made new friends.My sons
thrived.They bonded with a two boys
that also come to the beach for a month from Connecticut and the four of them boogie
boarded together every day.Time just
flew.When my husband saw how much the
boys enjoyed the beach and how it positively affected their behavior, he agreed
that we should do it again next year.
Boogie Boarding All Alone
we are, at the beach again for the month, although, a week is already behind
us.The boys from Connecticut are coming
down in a couple of days.This last week
of June has been nice and the beaches are not too crowded yet.Next week, the first week in July is when
things really get hectic here.I actually
like the quiet.
Fishing Boat Coming In ~ In Point Judith
It’s funny how
my perspective changes here.It feels
like another world, the stresses are left behind.We don’t really DO too much.Beach, home, dinner, bed.When my husband finally came down last year
at the end of our month, he was shocked to hear that we had never gone out at
night.This year we’ll try and change
The Dock at Night ~ in Galilee
the smell of the ocean, watching the seagulls fly, listening to the waves crash
onto the shore.To me this is heaven.And even as I approach 50, I still feel that
twinge of envy for those that are fortunate to have property here in
Narragansett, and I pray that someday soon, I will too.