Appreciating the simple things.
WHO would have ever thought normal
could feel so good?
Everywhere you turn people are out
walking, biking, running and garden-ing,
including me. Well, no running, but it has been
wonderful to dig in the dirt again and see blooming
flowers. My bike rides have been stellar. I spotted a full
wetsuit swimmer in the sound mid-April and I am test-ing
the water temperatures each week in anticipation of
that first plunge of the year, following winter pool time
at the YWCA.
The municipal ball fields are alive with teams, and
the beach traffic is again robust in the annual lead up
to summer. After the last 15 months, all the sights
and sounds this spring feel extra sweet. Maybe it’s just
how grateful I am that my shoulder, arm and hand are
mending, and I am now entering the countdown to
my return to work. But I suspect it’s also the wonder
of another glorious spring at the beach, especially
following what we’ve emerged from.
This issue is chock full of timely stories as April’s
showers bring on May flowers and the allure of being
outside grows. It’s time to appreciate art of various
kinds. We have two art stories — the bright florals
and friendly animals captured by Daisy Faith and
the impressive art made from pressed flowers and
articles speak to the great outdoors, with local walks to
explore, an educational river walk, and fishing for cobia.
And after a long hiatus, we have the first Social Seen of the year,
a prelude to what we hope is many more occasions to come.
The future is bright and full of summer sun and gatherings with
friends. Be encouraged. Blessings and happy Mother’s Day to all.
Pat Bradford strolls the beach by Johnnie Mercers Pier for our June 2014
issue (top) and honors her mother in Wrightsville’s Harbor Way Gardens
for our May 2006 issue (left).
WBM FILE PHOTO
WBM FILE PHOTO