“I need to go to the beach. Even if it’s for a day or two, preferably more otherwise it doesn’t feel like Summer vacation”, I told my husband.
He is planning a hike in the Pyrenees and I want to head to the beach. So we were trying to find a balance between both our wishes while we are still in Spain.
My friends in Spain understand how I feel. I grew up in Barcelona, next to the beach by the Mediterranean Sea. Some people would vacation in the mountains but most of us relate our summer holidays to the sea.
The sea gives me a sense of space, of infinity and it was the first connection I had with nature. I can feel my feet dragging through the warm sand as it molds under my feet. I feel the breeze that brings me the flavor of the smells of the sea. The sounds of the waves with their constant rhythm gives me a soothing feeling. A friend told me that this is because of the higher concentration of negative ions in the water. And negative ions enhance our moods!
During my childhood, until my late teens, my parents would rent a place by the beach next to the city, close to the airport where my father worked. It would be for a month during summer or sometimes for two months, just until we started school in the fall. It all depended in our budget as my dad always worked two jobs.
Eventually they brought a place. That area wasn’t the most beautiful of the coast but it was convenient for it’s closeness.
I remember those happy times. We played all day long with other children in the apartment complex, going to the pool and to the beach with my mother. In the afternoons it was ice cream time and more play time until it got dark. This is how our summers went; away from the heat of the city, embracing the freedom and space the beach gave us.
As I write these words I feel grateful to my parents for making the effort to give us those summers of liberty by the beach. I now realize the effort they made to give us some space to play and be in contact with nature.
Even if I always need to be in contact with the ocean now and again, I have gone through a transformation where I now relate the nearness of nature to the beauty of the Poconos. That brings me a feeling of calmness much like the beach. And I’ve also heard that hugging trees has proven to beneficial to your health! As soon as get home I´m going out in the yard and finding a good solid specimen to hug. Hopefully without spiders, mites, or deer tics.
Christina’s radio show, Tu Voz con Christina, is at 8 a.m. every Sunday on Pocono 96.7. Email: Christina@pocono967.com