There are times when you just need to get away. Away from everyday life. Away from the house. Basically, out of town. Plans are made, paid and off you go. Time to relax, and time to plan. Time to get your thoughts together and time to actually write, you hope. Life can be so hectic that often time for writing gets lost in the craziness. This was where I was at. Since I teach middle school, summer is the main time I have available to write. I couldn’t wait to get away.
Off to the beach we went. My wife and I, my daughter who is almost 5, and our foster daughter (9 months). Along with us was our 35 year old daughter, her husband and my two grandsons, ages 3 1/2 and 4 months. Yeah, what was I thinking? Anyway, it was a large condo.
We did get away and, mostly, the weather was beautiful. We drove down with all of the other beach travelers and the last 45 miles we were in bumper-to-bumper traffic so our travel time was extended by at least an hour. The weather ranged from upper 80’s to mid 90’s. I guess the hurricane that went through last week took most of the bad weather with it. Either that or God decided to give the South Carolina coast a break. The beach was active but not too crowded. My girls and I spent a lot of time in the water. Thanks to a good sunblock no one got a burn.
Around mid-week I did find a few hours to work on a new children’s book which involves one of my favorite characters, Cody. Some how things quieted down. I think it was nap time. I got to write a couple of pages but decided that I didn’t like most of what I had written. Oh well, I figured out where I didn’t want to go. Cody gets to travel a new path, I just don’t know where it is going yet.
Toward the end of the week we got a storm like I’ve never seen before. We had high winds and horizontal rain. Several hotels had windows shattered and pool furniture blown away. All we had was a leaky sliding glass door. No big deal. After the rain it cleared up to some more beautiful beach weather.
As we packed to leave on Saturday morning, it was raining again. Luckily, it was a gentle rain that cleared as we finished breakfast. The trip home was uneventful, lots of traffic, but no real problems. We were all glad to get back home and to our normal routine.
Though things did not go as planned for inspiration and writing I made some serious memories with my little girl. And, my son-in-law and I got to see the latest “Transformers” movie. What can I say, it was a total win.
***John E. Stack is the author of Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo and the soon to be released Cody’s Rescue Adventure at the Zoo and Olivia’s Sweet Adventure.