Footprints

So here I am again, refreshed, rejuvenated, relaxed, and ready to write. This is the first time I can ever remember needing, actually needing, a vacation. I have always loved getting away and seeing new things and new places, but adventure always seemed like a luxury before. Not this time. This time, I truly needed down time.
This made me think about the word ‘vacation.’ The root is vacate – and that is exactly what I did. I needed to vacate the house, the work, the remodeling, the whole shebang, and I got to do it in Hawaii – of all gorgeous places.
I know the get-away time worked because of how good it now feels to be home, back to my routine, and raring to begin or finish all of the items on my list. There are quite a few projects on that list too, but I am a project person, so that is just fine.
All of us who were traveling together, reached our Zen place at different times over the ten days we were gone. I can tell you exactly when I found mine. I was walking alone on the beach, watching the setting sun, scrambling over lava rocks and through deep sand, past black crabs and tiny minnows marooned by the retreating tide. The vibrant colors in the sky matched the colors of the luscious hibiscus. The coconut palms danced their gentle hula in the evening breeze of the trade winds.
The waves rolled in and out; my breath rolled in and out. The difficult feelings that had come along with the stress of my recent move to a new town and home, slipped away from me and rode out to sea.
Eternal, never ceasing waves washed away my worries. The constant surf, totally dependent on outside forces of tides, and moon, and winds, kept rolling, kept coming. They do it hour after hour, day after day. I found reassurance in that consistency. I understood then what they mean by ‘island time.’ No matter what we fear or what happens along our path, the waves will keep coming, washing away the footprints, leaving a clean slate for the new day.IMG_0893

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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