Beach House Saga
It was always a joy to take our whole family to the beach in Florida. We usually stayed at one particular house that we adored; but found out last January that it had already been rented out for the whole year. We happened to notice that a house just down the beach was available for this summer. After making sure it had the amenities we needed, we booked it for a week in July. We flew down to Florida and went quickly to the house. Guess what- the house was not at all what we expected. In fact, we started calling it “The house from hell”.
When we arrived at the house at check-in time, we noticed that the housekeepers hadn’t come yet so the house was messy. Not only that, but the furniture was worn and some of it was stained. And in this three-story house, the elevator had been disabled. Luckily, everyone including a couple of us “old folks” were able to climb three flights of stairs. The house was listed as “near the beach with a “beach view”. Surprise! There was a house between us and the beach that was – of all things- under construction. Ever live near a construction site? Yuck!
However, it was a short walk down the road to the beach where we could set up beach chairs and watch the glorious sunsets while the younger kids romped in the surf and looked for shells.
Some of the younger folks were teen-agers. Ever try to fill up several teen-agers? Every day meant a trip to the nearest grocery store to stock up on food and drinks for supper. We cooked and we laughed. We watched shows on Netflix – especially ones about U.S. servicemen fighting in the World Wars and zany comedies like Monty Python. The overstuffed sofas may have been a bit stained but were perfect for snuggling together.
I came to realize that the house itself didn’t really matter – it was the people inside who were happy simply to enjoy each other’s company. We learned not to sweat the small stuff.
I hope your summer has been sunny and warm and spent with the ones you love!
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