she understood that sometimes no words were needed
I recently read these words – ‘the soul prospers in an environment that is concrete, particular, and vernacular. It feeds on the details of life, on its variety, its quirks, and its idiosyncrasies. Therefore, nothing is more suitable for care of the soul than family, because the experience of family includes so much of the particulars of life.’ (Care of the Soul – Thomas Moore).
Families can be places of battle, places where we wrestle with self and issues that sometimes never seem to be resolved, but families can be places of nurture, nourishment for the soul, a place where we can find rest. This is how we experienced our recent trip to the beach. We did nothing special, we sat with each other, drifting from one member to the next, not saying much, but enjoying the presence of each other. We had no agenda, no expectations; we woke each morning and just began the day, with long moments of silence and togetherness.
Somehow, without knowing it we managed for a week, to life in the moment, we managed to just be with what was without the need for anything more. There was a deep sense of connection, without words, without deep meaningful conversation, just a simple being. We left the beach behind knowing that our souls had been cared for.
Jess - with her Milo and breakfast
Katie and her school friend - whose family were camping
our chief dish washer and cook - aka Dad
we took an upstairs chalet
look how close we were to the sea!
once a year there is a 'sardine run' on the south coast - the sardines swim close to the beach and can be caught in nets from the shore. it's not something that you often see - but this year we were there to see the catch. it was very interesting - the colours 'caught' my attention.
i love these colours
holding the nets with sardines