It is cloudy and raining off and on as two tropical storms make their way toward us. The weather is cool and breezy, refreshing after a couple weeks of the hottest weather we’ve had since we moved here in April! We have been spending our days just trying to stay cool: sitting in the shady side of the pool, taking cold showers in the middle of the day, and sitting still under fans. So it’s nice to have some clouds and not be sweating 24 hours a day!Yesterday we decided we ought to spend the next few “stormy” days at my parents house on the beach. We are currently living in the upstairs apartment of a house about a block off the ocean. It’s a one room place with a screened in porch where we sleep. Earlier this summer we had to nail up tarps around the windows because the rain would pour in and soak our bed. So the view is a bit obstructed but at least the sheets aren’t molding! It has been a new experience for us to live in the tropics. Serious rain and serious bugs! Not to mention the heat and humidity! But I recognize that we are so blessed to live here. We weren’t sure at the beginning of the year where we were going to end up and now here we are, doing yoga in the sea breeze and drinking red wine as the sun goes down!
I love watching the waves crash on the rocks at the mouth of the bay. They have been getting more aggressive throughout the morning as the storms get closer.The ocean’s violence and urgency somehow leads me to peace and calm; its craziness frees me to let go of my own and gain perspective. I’m not sure how that works but it does, every time.
I think Pablo Neruda has some of the best poetry about the sea. This is from A Poet’s Obligation:
I ceaselessly must listen to and keep
the sea’s lamenting in my awareness,
I must feel the crash of the hard water
and gather it up in a perpetual cup . . .
. . . the starry echoes of the wave,
a breaking up of foam and of quicksand,
a rustling of salt withdrawing,
the grey cry of sea-birds on the coast.
I always wish that Ayden would want to just sit and watch the water with me but of course, he is more interested in eating sand and other sea matter, or climbing the stairs only to come back down and start up them again. He is a little explorer and we are always trying to keep up with him!