Sam took this pix on our way to the beach. I was the driver. Not to worry, we were stopped in traffic before we even got to the Bay Bridge. Seems like more & more people head to the shore each year. Traffic is a given, so we make the best of it. The B hats? Kerry is the Boston fan. So we all donned the caps, turned up the radio and rocked on. We had perfect weather all week. Cool breezes, low humidity and sun, sun, sun.
There were 20 of us in one house, no fighting, no harsh words, no nerves on edge. Did I say ideal? 14 adults, 4 kids, 2 babies. 2 blocks to the beach. I took scads of artwork with me and spent the whole week reading (The Icarus Girl, in preparation for 21 year old, Helen Oyeyemi's 2nd book which has rave reviews, The Opposite House.) I needed that - even my husband commented that I hadn't read a novel in such a long time. It's because I have the choice - make art, or read. They are both all consuming. So why did it take me a week to read one book...family. You know, you're reading, but also listening to conversation, watching kids run in and out of the surf, stopping to calm a crying baby, and sometimes just pausing to let it all sink in ~ the beauty of a week with my family. So many pages, paragraphs, sentences were read, re-read and read again, which actually brought the character of Jessamy more to life for me - she became part of my family.
I truly was in LaLa Land all week. This charming, artist decorated restaurant was too expensive for me to eat in, but I took pleasure in peeking in the windows at the hand-painted interior, chair fabric included. Rehoboth Beach is an artsy town on the Delaware coast that has grown so much over the years since we first came in 1971 It was a joy to have everything within walking distance ~ especially the ice cream shops - a must-do after dinner walk.
I even left my camera in it's case most of the week, wanting to be a participant rather than an observer. I didn't feel compelled to record the way I have on other trips. But there were plenty of other cameras snapping all week. That said, I did capture a few memorable shots ~ some of my favorites you see here. Not the typical beach shots,but the moments that make a lasting impression in your heart.
Now it is time to get back to the business of art. I have a book to write and classes to teach. I'm home for 2 months until it's time to travel again and that will be a whirlwind 6 weeks. Best get busy.
I might even try to sneak in another book or two, in between paint, stitch and glue. Any suggestions? What have you been reading this summer?