Random activities:- Two different two-mile barefoot beach walks during two long stretches of good weather.
- An hour sitting in beach chairs talking and laughing.- Some picture-taking from a rooftop deck.
- Grilled lobster tail for dinner one night.- Looked at a hundred old family pictures during a thunderstorm. I had not seen most of those pictures before. Some included a fishing camp our grandpa owned that we used to hang out in as kids. Others included our great-grandfather. Wow.
- Grilled filet mignon another night, cooked between storms.- Shared family stories. I had one new one to contribute but they had several I had never heard before. Parts of my family are a little scary. The ones from Sicily.
I love the beach and I love my family. I disconnected from most of my cousins decades ago, not because I didn’t like them … I definitely do like them … but because I moved all around the country chasing my career dreams and just sort of stopped staying in touch with people. After turning 50 I decided to try and reconnect with people from my past and these cousins were the first ones I reached out to. They also happen to live much closer to my present home than the others so I do get to see them more often.Some advice: 1) Stay in touch with family. 2) Walk barefoot in the sand whenever possible.