You Gotta Love It

This first weekend of spring stirred a buoyant sense of urgency. My husband dashed off for one more weekend on the slopes – melting snow an impending threat to his favorite season.

My son and I chased sun and surf, bee-lining it to the beach, welcoming the raucous chiding of gulls and returning the embrace of warm sea air with upturned faces.

Asbury Park Boardwalk

Strolling through shore towns on the boardwalk, we rejoiced in the diversity that central Jersey offers for such revelry. Thirty miles from home, we watched the surf roll in, white sand underfoot, blue sky sandwiching us in between – a perfect spring beach day.

Ocean Grove, NJ
Bradley Beach, NJ

Meanwhile, in the opposite direction – forty miles north of home – my husband was skiing his heart out, white snow beneath his sticks, azure sky atop – a perfect spring ski day.

Mountain Creek, NJ
Mountain Creek, NJ

We thought about that – him on the slopes and us on the beach, and our good fortune to be in easy reach of both options.

The ephemeral nature of seasons on the east coast amplifies their value, giving reason to covet the intervals we love best. When set in your favored one, it never seems quite long enough.

But, that’s part of the appeal.

Avon by the Sea, NJ

And when it comes around again –

You gotta love it.

Asbury Park boardwalk

4 thoughts on “You Gotta Love It

  1. I had to smile at how accessible both the beach and slopes are in your location. Living in a nearby state, that doesn’t surprise me, but is a good reminder that I should stop by Jersey a little more often. Most times, a photo captures nature in a words cannot. However, I must say, I found your word selection to really make me feel like I was right at the beach with you. (And I do wish I was at a beach!) The gulls, the sea air, the blue. Enjoy!

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  2. Loved the photos. Living here on the East Coast we can go from spring to winter to summer all in the same week. Today is spring; tomorrow will be raw and cold, and by Friday we will be in high 70’s. Last year on this date we had a snowstorm. It’s an adventure.

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  3. What a beautiful reflection on that moment where Spring is right at the cusp of being. I love the way both your structure and the pictures echo each other. I also really liked this line, “The ephemeral nature of seasons on the east coast amplifies their value, giving reason to covet the intervals we love best.” You are, indeed, lucky to have so many options so nearby & the ephemeral seasons to help you appreciate them.

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