My husband and I spent the last week in Panama City Beach with 2 daughters, 1 granddaughter, 1 grandson and a son-in-law in a 2 bedroom condo. It was a closeness that I cherish, though at times I found myself looking for opportunities to have a moment alone. I am sure I had company in that thought. Playing Apples to Apples brought chuckles and relief from any bits of edginess that might have overtaken us.
Olivia’s delight at finding the gold doubloons buried in the sand will be one of my fondest memories. Her aunt caught the joy in a photo. I am still learning about uploading photos and I am not sure how to get that out of her Picasa album. Grayson and Olivia were overjoyed to dig in the sand and dance in the surf.
Our last night together, we went to Hammerhead Fred’s. We ate outside. It was warm in our section, no overhead fan. I think the outside temperature was around 95 degrees. Olivia was sitting next to me. She was coloring with the crayons she was given by the waitress and being chatty. Then, her eyes went into a stare at the shark she was coloring and her head dropped to the table. She was sound asleep. I laid her sweet head on my lap and there she stayed until her daddy picked her up to go back to the condo. The fish tacos that I had were delicious, nice and light for a warm evening. The live music made the festive atmosphere complete with a strawberry daiquiri topped with whipped cream in a large, insulated take-home mug that was printed with Hammerhead Fred’s logo enjoyed by unnamed daughter. I look forward to more great times together in PCB.
A pocket of time
hidden from the busy world
where gentle memories are born.
The silence of peace
the beauty of nature
the warmth of love.
Time away from time.
From The Soul of the Island by Minnie Merton