I had the chance to visit an old friend from college at his house “down the shore” this weekend.
Shortly after I arrived we met another college friend and his wife for an early dinner filled with good food and lots of laughs. After a couple of hours it was time to go our separate ways, and we headed back to my friend’s spectacular beach house.
Here’s the view from his third floor deck:
We sat out on the deck and spent the evening just chatting about our families, jobs, and life. It’s the kind of night I’ve learned to enjoy much more than attending a crowded event or a large, noisy party, where I often take full advantage of the Irish good-bye.
As the evening went on, it began to get a bit chilly outside, and we soon called it a night.
When I woke up this morning, I got to do one of my favorite things – watch the sunrise over the ocean. Today’s sunrise was beautiful, as shown by the photo at the top of the post; it’s hard to think of a better way to start your day.
I took a short stroll along the beach, which as far as I could see, I had completely to myself. I’m sure starting next week that will be a rare opportunity.
Later that morning we went to church, grabbed some breakfast, and then it was time to say our (non-Irish) goodbyes.
On the way home I stopped at another friend’s house, which was just a few minutes away. He was not there, but his family was, and I had the chance to catch up with his wife and family.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and it was time to head home.
All in all, it was less than 24 hours “down the shore”, but what a wonderful, rejuvenating 24 hours it was.
I feel blessed and grateful to have such good friends and I always welcome the opportunity to spend time with them, since I know there will be lots of retelling of the glory days and lots of laughs.
And what a bonus that some of them have houses down the shore…