The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.
~ Henry Beston
If we were having coffee, I would welcome you back to the Wabi-Sabi Ranch with open arms and open heart. I’m so glad you could still make it this late in the weekend. I apologize for being tardy this week. I have had a full and wonderful weekend with a friend who came to the ranch for a visit. I’ll tell you more about that in a bit. For now, let’s grab some beverages and have a seat on the back porch where we can watch the wind gusting through the trees and maybe get a glimpse of the sunset if you stay that long. I have the usual coffee, tea, and water, but since it’s so late, I’m thinking about indulging in an adult beverage. An IPA would taste great right about now.
How have you been since our last visit and how are you now? Has life been treating you good, bad, or indifferent? Have you traveled anywhere or seen any new sights? Have you had the opportunity to visit with friends and/or family? Have you had any good conversations? Read any good books? Watched any good films? Or gone on any good walks or hikes?
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my friend, J, is someone I met via blogging. We met, so to speak, about fifteen years ago when we were both trying to quit smoking. (We each succeeded at some point, too.) The format was different, but it was still a form of blogging. We have stayed in close touch through continued blogging, emails, and text messages, and gotten together on several occasions in her fabulous city (Philadelphia) where she has shown me around and been a great hostess. I finally got to return the favor this weekend and show her some of the nooks and crannies of where I live.
J arrived here Friday afternoon, and I gave her the grand tour of the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. It was quite hot and humid, a good day to sit on the dock and drink a version of beer J introduced me to: half beer, half lemonade. Pretty simple, pretty delicious, and perfect for a hot and humid day. Saturday and today we spent a lot of time at Assateague Island. Yesterday it rained and we didn’t mind it. Today it was windy as heck (sustained winds about 25-30 mph with gusts up to 50 and 60 mph) and we didn’t mind it. The weather is the weather, and when you’re traveling and have limited time to explore, you can’t be minding it all the time, can you?
I thoroughly enjoyed the walks in the rain and the wind. So often M and I decide to skip the beach when it’s windy or rainy. Because we live near Assateague Island, we have the luxury of waiting for nicer weather if we prefer. When we have visitors, though, it’s different, and leave it up to them to decide whether or not to brave the elements. I already knew that J would be game for walks in rain, wind, or pretty much whatever the weather had to throw at us. I’m so glad we got out there. Assateague Island is beautiful under any conditions.
Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun.
~ Don Miguel Ruiz
We had many good conversations as we walked, or over meals that we had here or elsewhere, or as we were relaxing in the evenings here at the ranch. One of the things we briefly touched on was the subject of age and friendships, and that’s led me to pondering about it now that she’s on her way home and I’m sitting here chatting with you about the weekend.
You see, J is younger than I am. In fact, she is younger than my oldest son by a year or two. I don’t notice that in our relationship. I have friends that are older, friends that are the same age as I am, and friends that are younger, and age doesn’t play a role in any of those friendships.
I don’t know what the experts have to say about it, but I think it’s a great and good thing to have friends of all ages. Older friends can share their wisdom with you, friends your own age can commiserate with you, and younger friends can help keep life fresh and new. You can mix that all up if you want because that would be true, too. Wisdom isn’t necessarily an attribute of age, enthusiasm and a willingness to explore the new are not limited to the young, and since we all have things in common, empathy and sympathy aren’t bounded or constricted by an age group. Joy is joy, suffering is suffering, everything in between is everything in between, and what does age have to do with any of it?
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I have philosophized enough for one evening, and really should have dinner so I can get on with a few other things before I retire for the night. I’m having a Hungarian fish stew. Feel free to join me if you like. It’s leftovers, but still very tasty. Don’t let me forget to email the recipe to J. I told her I would. After dinner I might meander out to the dock to see the sunset and watch the birds. We’ve had a large flock of blackbirds visiting this afternoon and evening, many of them red-winged blackbirds. The laughing gulls are back, too, gathering in the fields. It can get quite noisy with all our feathered friends gathering about on their spring migration. Sunset is at 7:28 PM. See you out there if you decide to join me. Otherwise, hope to see you at your place soon. I have another guest arriving tomorrow so it might be a few days before I can get caught up with you. In the meantime, I wish you peace, joy, and friendship.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
This post is in response to Part Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare. Thank you to Diana for hosting it. Also, a big congratulations for the #WeekendCoffeeShare being featured on WordPress’s Daily Post. So glad to see it being shared among the rest of the community! Put the kettle on, start the coffee maker, open a bottle of wine, or whatever your preference is, and join us. I’d love to hear all about what you were up to this week.