This morning in Palm Beach County, Florida most of us awoke to a heavy sky with warm rain drizzling throughout the morning, afternoon and evening. As mother of two active little boys I immediately realized this was going to be a challenging day as I sought various indoor activities.
The local public library was a good start to the gray blanket of a day but it was short-lived as the new activity for the boys became racing through the stacks and taking out as many books as possible. We tried to visit a few folks that we haven’t seen in nearly two decades since we were in the neighborhood by the library but they were still in bed around 10-11am (I will not deny I felt jealousy at that moment in time). I was heading for the local zoo when the youngest passed out so the trip became drive-thru subs for lunch while giving my older son a car tour of where mommy used to go to school and other highlights that he may or may not recall later.
Fast forward to the late afternoon where we’ve found ourselves back home and the cozy play inside has now escalated to dangerous trapeze tricks off cribs, beds and other not-so-safe heights. Having recalled our car tour earlier in the day, there was a green flag on the beach when we made a hairpin trip to see the water. So there we were at just past 2:30pm and I was changing everyone into their bathing suits and grabbing a light bag with towels, provisions and toys.
We arrived at one of our favorite beach parks and it was deserted with only 2 or 3 cars in a lot that usually was filled to capacity at any given day with sunshine–contrast that with the muddy sky that couldn’t commit to a steady rain like an emotional person that isn’t sure they need to cry or not.
Unfazed by this blatant not-beach-day, I got everyone out and across A1A to the shore. We were pleasantly surprised by the other diehards present on the beach that truly did have a nice green flag flapping at the life guard tent.
We proceeded to enjoy the next few hours building in the sand and tearing down that magical section where the land and water kiss again and again. Life is full of satisfying surprises like this if we can manage to look past what we think is the “normal” mode and just go for immersing ourselves in the moment even when it means getting caked with sand on a drizzle of an afternoon in Florida.
The shells and rocks were also lackluster in appearance and selection but that didn’t stop us from tossing them into the shore break and tearing apart the “shipping” canals we were building with these shards and coral bits. We can’t allow ourselves to be so bound by what we think is the status quo or the right equation.
Today’s strangling conventional wisdom would say: no sun and gray, rainy day equals no beach time in south Florida. I’m happy to have found out with my boys that this wisdom is unfound and there is a nice crowd of other fellow humans who were able to embrace the joy of the beach day out regardless of the messy precipitation.
Juno Beach: Pictured Above On Another Day Unlike Today’s Gray Weather!