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Milepost in the Distance – A summer of postcards

Note from Stacey: Every Thursday we’re thrilled to offer Laura’s Mileposts in the Distance column. You can read more about Laura below.

Well I knew this would happen – I took a week off and the idea well ran dry.  OK, a miniscule exaggeration.

But not really.

This may be the summer of postcard Mileposts, reports from the front as it were.  While the Handsome Son expounded on his view of how to raise a perfect son, I was off on the longest road trip of the year so far: a week related to work then I drove straight to the beach house for our family vacation.

I had thoughts of writing about breezy beachy days.  Lovely beachy nights.  Cold beachy beer on the beach.  Those are all part of my personal recipe for the perfect vacation. And all of those were elements of a wonderful seven days.  As a family, we found a nice oasis where the biggest decision of the day was where we would eat dinner.  And in the best way of a vacation, we just went to the same place, multiple times.

But I still am taking all those feelings and emotions in and to be honest, want to greedily satiate myself before sharing.

For the first time in the longest while, I recorded our time at the beach on camera.  Usually I have it along, but forget to pull it out.  Since I had to keep in contact with some things at work, I ended up toting my phone to and from the beach.

So I took photos of the agreeable Jolie Blonde and Handsome Son.  I snapped some shots of the beach before and after storms, including the two different beach trips on Monday that each ended with thunder and lightning.  I secretly snuck some photos of the Lovely Daughter who turns into a cranky 3 year old at the sight of a camera.  I tried to capture MDR’s delighted, relaxed smile to have his family around him.

Everything I’d invested in that quick trip two weeks ago was returned with interest.  It was simple to settle into a suspended state and I resented that we had to go back to reality.    But it was a tiny resentment, mainly based in post-vacation regret and crumbly in the knowledge that it couldn’t possibly stay the same all the time and still be as wonderful.

And I know we’ll be back soon enough with all the same ingredients waiting to be mixed up just a little differently.

Still, there was a bit of a rainy day mood as we got ready to leave today.  And then the weather obliged the mood.

And so, the summer is off to a tremendous start.  For me, there will be lot of time away from home.  Fortunately, every single journey will include people who are near and dear and well loved along for the ride.

And when I satiate myself to the point where I can’t contain the memories any longer, I’ll happily share them all.


Laura Reeth lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with the man of her dreams. With kids off at college, she no longer plays the role of active, day-to-day parent, and has moved into the complex understanding-parent-of-nearly-adult-children role. The main difference is she gets more sleep now.

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