Photo: Bow of Safari crossing Pensacola Bay
Fall made a brief (very brief) appearance here in the south a few weeks ago and is expected to saunter back in again this weekend. That’s kind of how Fall works down here; hopefully the season won’t be too fleeting this year. Simply everything is more beautiful; especially my favorite weekend anchorage in the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Clear waters sparkling like diamonds by day and bright stars shining through cool skies by night. It’s magical. We’ve been waiting for this moment forever. Yes…forever. And if you think I’m exaggerating you should meet my friends…during the month of August that is…when they’ve already begun fantasizing about wearing suede boots and fuzzy scarfs. I hate to tell them it will probably be with their swimsuits, but that’s still a cute look…for some.
Anyway, we’re catching a break for now. Some complain that we don’t advertise our “shoulder” season nearly enough. I say let’s not and say we did! The best season is upon us and the rest of the world need be none the wiser about it. Beach bonfires, evening walks around the island, fresh shrimp and oysters off the back of the boat, good wine and good company. Did I leave anything out, oh yes, football, but of course. I’ve tried talking my peeps out of posting so many photos of this place and bringing too much unwanted exposure, but alas they don’t listen… and since I’m one of the worst offenders it doesn’t matter anyway.
Likewise, Fall brings forth such a nostalgic state of mind, one that very gently shifts us a little further towards simplicity, gratitude and reflection. It was over dinner the other evening that a good friend of mine and councilor, Mr. Rudy, offered a few words of wisdom. After being married for more than sixty years and after having said farewell to his beautiful wife and lifelong companion just over a year ago we all got pretty quiet when he offered up a little relationship advice. He said the best thing we can do is to “forget about the details of life and focus on love instead”. Forget about the details. Let it go. I wish I had started practicing that a long time ago. Heck! And all this time I’ve been going around emphasizing my great attention to detail on my resume! No more!
So it’s a seemingly simple task then, and I share it with you so that we can hold each other accountable when reaching for this small goal. What are all the details anyway, I haven’t stopped to inventory mine lately but I’m certain my life is chock full of them. Anyhow, I think I’ll roll with this advice for now. So let’s overlook a few details here and there shall we, keep it simple and focus on love, respect, and well…diamonds, yes the ones you see sparkling in the ocean by day and the sky by night.
In that spirit I’ll share one of my favorite Chekov quotes, “We shall find peace, we shall hear the angels, we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.” Anton Chekov
See you in the blue ocean friends.