Me, my paradise is a lovely little two bedroom place on Hilton Head Island, that’s built over and around the wetlands, with trees growing up through the boardwalk and a beach waiting for you to collapse onto.
We’ve still got weeks to go before we get there…but I can almost taste the salt breeze, and smell the sunscreen. Today’s post was prompted by all of that, and wanting to be there.
I clicked through the images we were choosing from for the new ad campaign, but my mind was elsewhere. Only three more days. Then I’d scramble through a day of travel, and sink my feet into sand so soft they’d forget they’d ever worn a pair of pumps. The sun, kissing my skin. The blue, rolling waves stretching as far as the eye could see.
Ahh, it was hopeless. Why couldn’t I be working on an ad campaign for exotic ocean escapes, instead of some stupid blah blah about a carbon filter system that would ‘revolutionize’ your office break room. I pulled out the list I’d been working on during this morning’s commute. I really didn’t care–after all, I couldn’t forget to bring the sand and the waves–but it was something to do.
The first item on the list was:
- Umbrella/Tent, so I smiled and scrawled next to it with wobbly posts.
That looked about right, so I went on down the list, adding the ‘missing bits’ that were an essential part of a good beach vacation.
- Beach Chair–uneven legs
- Kite–extra snarled string
- Frisbee–no holes
- Boogie board–full of sand
- Sand toys–of dragon design
- Sunscreen–specially scented for attracting gnats
- Towels–preferably wet
- Bottled water–unsalted
Jayne, my boss, spoke behind me. “You’ve chosen an image and moved on to the soundbite? Excellent, what have you got so far?”
I jumped a little, and swiveled in my chair so my body hid the list. “Water–unsalted,” I blurted.
Jayne nodded. “Not bad. In fact, I kind of like it. Do a mock up of where that could go on the image, and bring it to this afternoon’s meeting.”
I nodded, and held in my sigh of relief til Jayne had moved on down the hall. Then I tucked my list firmly in my purse, and turned back to my computer. I wasn’t at the beach yet, but maybe I could channel my longing into this ad and get it wrapped up before I left. It was only three more days.
What is on your ‘must have’ packing list for a beach vacation? Maybe I can add it to ours, and by so doing feel I’m one step closer to burying my toes in the sand. 😉
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