Find Your Happy Place!
Do you have a special “happy place” you like to go to relax and refresh yourself? I do, it happens to be the beach. I love all beaches, especially the ones where the horizon meets the water!
As a Grandparent, Mom and Caregiver; we need to refresh our inner well being from time to time. I know my limits and sometimes I need to get away from the day to day activities. I head to my favorite “happy place“. Mine happens to be a beach in Florida! If I could find a view like those sunrises and sunsets, here in the Midwest, it would be cheaper than trips to Florida; but to my family and I, it is a trip to regroup, relax and take a load off.
Taking off to my “happy place” is usually planned on a long weekends and school breaks, due to my granddaughter now being school age. My granddaughter is my co-pilot on our trips. Her and I have been traveling together since she was an infant. She is great, keeps herself (and me) entertained on our long journeys.
This quick trip came up after a long hard week and happened to fall on a long weekend over Presidents holiday. Wow! We had four days; where will we go? I knew I needed to refresh my heart and soul. We were going to the beach! Not just any beach, Florida and on the gulf side! However, we were just there for two weeks end of December through first week in January, but the cold-snap that took our country by storm, took Florida too! It was cold, damp and unpleasant to say the least! A re-do was needed! Florida owed us some warmth and sunshine, and we were coming to get it! That is just what we did!
The sunshine was plentiful and the beaches was beautiful. The sunsets were magnificent. We made new friends! People are friendly, we love to dive into culture, eat new foods and explore new things! We had a fabulous time!
Our weekend was coming to a close and we were going to have to leave our “happy place” soon.
As we were close to wrapping up our sunbathing, water activities and sunset was drawing near; a group showed up with a wagon full of bongo style drums. My granddaughter and I wondered what adventures lay ahead on our last evening on the beach.
An hour later, as I lay on the beach and my granddaughter playing with her new friends in the water, a slow rhythm started drifting our way. Thump, bump, thump… I arose from my towel and looked toward land to see where the sound was coming from. A big circle with tons of people around caught my attention and my curiosity got the best of me. I called my granddaughter in so we could explore this new found sound of drums.
As we approached the circle; the rhythm of drums became stronger. We glanced through the crowd to see all different ethnics in a row, playing to the same beat and entertaining those that sat around the circle made in the sand. It was fun and exciting!
Dancers with ribbons and coins on their skirts showed upcenter circle to show off there talents. As the dusk was approaching, on-lookers were encouraged to join the inner-circle and take part in the dancing festivities . It was a fun time and my granddaughter was more than willing to join into the fun.
There was a mix of all ages enjoying the music of bongos and watching the dancers. It was very entertaining. There were some characters there that were either part of the show or a perhaps “groupies”. One, not-so-young man appeared in a cheetah loin cloth, staff in his hand and ankle jewelry was sure to entertain the crowd! Another lady was drawing men from the crowd to dance with her in an African/Indian dance routine. It was definitely a delight for our last night on the beach.
Bongo’s, beach and a party was a perfect ending to a much needed trip to my “happy place” to refresh, regroup and relax. Memories were made and we will reflect back on them often.
Find your happy place, no matter where it is. Retreat there to rejuvenate your inner self, mind, body and soul. As busy Grandparents, mothers and caregivers, we must not forget that we too, need some down time!
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