Summer is quickly sailing by, and even though near the end of August, there is plenty of time to hold hands walking the beach, hike the mountains, visit wonderful galleries and take in the sun. We are immensely grateful for having experienced so much this summer: beautiful weddings, wonderful couples, an abundant garden, lovely family visits, great gallery openings and fantastic weather. So we would be remiss if we failed to include one of our all time favorite summer reading, good anytime of year, a part of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s,“Gift From the Sea” .
Charlie grew up with having many of his summers at the beach and he remembers this book always being around, it is truly an old friend and sanctuary. Please enjoy this piece whether you are on the beach, the back porch, on the side of a mountain, in the park or on the fire escape.
“When you love someone, you do not love then all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity – in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern. The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, with in their limits – islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.”