Remember when you were in school and you started to totally give in to the feelings of the upcoming summer vacation during the last weeks of school? You stopped living in the present, just pining away for the upcoming break.
I can almost taste the beach. I'm technically here, but my mind is already on vacation...
The trouble with going on vacation is the planning and preparation that goes into it. By the time we ever reach our destination, we are all screaming at one another, stressed to the max, run ragged and truly desperate for relaxation... I don't know why it always happens, but something about the anticipation of leaving the ranch, of organizing everything down to the letter and getting on a jetplane makes us all alittle.... well, touchy.
Plus, 2/3 of our contingent hate to fly. Yep, the adults. The little one? Oh he loves it. Its as thrilling as Space Mountain to him, but we smile nervously at him through clenched teeth as the plane takes off and lands, and we endure the long lines in customs and hours in the airports just knowing that the Bliss on the other side will be worth it.
But by the time I reach the beach, I will have forgotten all about the stress, the anxiety of leaving, the fear of flying... I will commune with nature in a different way by spending hours just sitting and watching the surf crash over the rocks and watching the sun rise and set over the horizon. For as much as I love the ranch and the beauty of the landscape, there is something about the ocean that stirs in me and awakens something that I cannot explain. I know that most people love the beach, but it feels like home to me. Its like a horse who comes from a long line of cutting stock, that horse will instinctively yearn to cut cattle. I instinctively yearn for the ocean as if somewhere in my lineage, my people came from the water.
That sounds silly doesn't it? I mean, I am a midwestern girl from Michigan! Who knows. All I can tell you is that I'm already on that beach, even though I'm sitting right here in front of the computer at 6:30 in the morning! Vacation, HERE I COME! :)
(P.S. I am taking my computer with me, though I can't promise to post daily, I WILL TRY!)