Charleston has been blessing me with an unusually warm winter recently. (Well, I say "unusually" based off of my experience of two Januaries here. Last year it was frigid, so that means this has to be unusual, right?) Regardless of which of my winters here has been the fluke, I'll take the warm weather without complaint!
The warm weather has also meant that my family was able to happily spend a while walking on the beach while they were here visiting. Of course we hit the beach right around time for afternoon coffee (if you know my family, this is definitely a thing), so we stopped at The Co-Op, which is a cute mini market (mostly beverages + sandwiches) first. Armed with coffee in hand, we headed out to the beach.
Growing up in California, the beaches are completely different from Charleston's beaches. Rarely would you ever have to walk down a boardwalk with no beach in sight in order to make your way out to the water - usually you can see if from wherever you park in California. We also didn't grow up seeing jellyfish washed up on the beach in California like there were everywhere on this particular trip to Sullivan's Island. It may take a while to convince my family to come out and go swimming with me during the summers...
The fun thing about warm days in the off season is that the beach is generally still very quiet. We virtually had it to ourselves except for a handful of other people scattered here and there, some very happy dogs, and a couple kite surfing buddies. (Kite surfing is one of my eventual goals. It looks so fun, and just terrifying enough.)
One major highlight of this trip was laughing together as a we witnessed one dog grab the leash of another dog and proceed to run/drag that other dog everywhere with him, knowing that he had a captive playmate as long as he held the leash. It was hilarious to watch them play and to watch the captive dog try and get away!
It's these simple, connected moments that are generally my favorites. It's these slow, laughter-filled walks along the beach that can connect us with the people we spend them with in ways that a lot of things do not. (I mean, watching Netflix is nice, and it's fun to rave about our favorite shows together, but there is only so much watching of Netflix we can do before it become brainless and almost like an excuse to not talk. At least, that's my opinion.) I'd much rather have these moments with the sand under our feet, the wind in our hair, and coffee (sparkling water for me!) in our hands.
What are your favorite kinds of moments?
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