On a trip to Virginia Beach last December, I got up early and watched the sun rise.
I still think about how cool it was to sit on the dark beach and watch the sun peek above the horizon.
So when the hub and I went to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach last weekend
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
I realized I had the opportunity to see the sunrise at the beach again.
So I set my alarm, but when I woke up there was no yellow streaked sky. No fiery sun.
Just a whole lot of clouds.
And I was puzzled.
Sure I’ve seen lots of overcast days, but for some reason it didn’t occur to me that there could be clouds blocking the horizon at sunrise.
I don’t know why. Maybe because it was so spectacular last December, I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
But there it was, a hazy, muted sky.
It was just different. And for a moment, kind of empty without the sun all up in my face.
And as I stood there I started to identify with that bit of emptiness, that difference.
Some days it’s really strange to realize that in one year both of my kids left for school (the con of having 2 kids fifteen months apart), but then it’s not so strange, because while it’s oh so bittersweet to move on from that really great part of my life,
there’s still so much life as usual,
the work and the fun
and I’m learning a new routine, a new focus
and climbing mountains with my husband
My view from Humpback Rock in the Blue Ridge mountains
And finding my heart can be in more than one place
Fossil Beach at York River State Park
And planning visits to see our kids in NYC and Colonial Williamsburg
And getting to see things from their point of view
And tasting new and surprising things
Snow cone + soft serve = Sno To G0 (in Williamsburg, VA)
(and realizing that in some situations you can eat the yellow snow.)
But most of all, I’m seeing that a different sunrise, can still be a pretty awesome view.
A hazy, beautiful Virginia Beach morning
What view are you enjoying?