Monday, May 10, 2010

Pure Joy

This may have been one of the best Mother's Day weekends that I have ever had. I took Friday off and we packed up our crazy family and we headed to the beach for the weekend. I have always wanted a beach house and this past weekend we were lucky enough to be gifted the use of one. I didn't know where it was and I didn't care. All I knew was the beach was close and work was far away.

When we arrived at Manresa Beach, the sun was out and we could hear the waves hitting the coastline from the house. We immediately unpacked our goods and trekked down to the warm sandy beaches to frolic in the water. Every time the waves washed in, small hermit crabs, sea glass and shells were left on shore. The kids squealed with delight! Their laughter and pure joy to be there was the greatest gift I could have ever asked for.

The beach was good for me too. It gave me a chance to just let work and its stresses go; it gave me a chance to think without consequence. I spend a lot of time trying to get to where I think I'm supposed to be. Over the course of the next few days at the beach, I realized that I have already won the big prize. My great family is my prize for all the hard work I often feel like doesn't make a difference. I have a sweet husband and I have really great kids who are growing into thoughtful and loving people.

We spent every single day running and exploring at the beach. This might sound odd, but we had such a good time that packing up and heading home to our everyday lives didn't sound like a disappointment. At this point in my life, I'm not where I hoped I'd be (at home with my kids), but I am certainly who I want to be. I am someones wife and I am someones mommy and that is all that counts today. I'll keep working on the rest of myself, but this week when work goes south - which it inevitably will, I'll remember to keep my eye on my prize.

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