Friday, July 29, 2011

Beauty All Around Us


Why is it that we often fail to see the beauty in our own backyards...or hometowns... until we have guests from "away"? Then, as we make an effort to show them the sights, we find ourselves rediscovering the sights and sounds we take for granted.


This past two weeks have been full of company for us...thanks to a family reunion... and we've been the tour guides...
Recalling the haunting sound of the surf on the rocks...

And the powerful beauty of the sea.


Watching children discover the ocean for the first time...

And run in the sand under the boardwalk...

Smelling the popcorn and cotton candy...

As the grandchildren spin above us against the blue summer sky...

Hearing fried dough sizzle...

And watching lobster swim...

Revisiting places we remember from our own childhoods...

Swinging on ropes...

And exploring a covered bridge.

Stopping by the road to see a sunflower bloom...

And finding beauty in an old iron gate.


But the most beautiful sights of all were these...
A grandmother reunited with a granddaughter she hasn't seen in over 20 years...

Granddaughters smiling in the pool...

And four generations of family together again on a summer afternoon.

What could be more beautiful than that?

This post is linked to:
Home Sweet Home Party at The Charm of Home
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Good Life Wednesday at A Beach Cottage
Simple Pleasures at A Collection of This and That

8 comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Cheryl, great post. I too think we sometimes forget the beauty of our own hometown and when we show others it brings it back to us. Family reunions are amazing.

Anonymous said...

Love this! :)

abeachcottage said...

Lovely post! Happy Good Life to you :) and thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

Jane said...

Such a sweet post!! It's a great reminder to stop and smell the roses....in your own backyard!! It looks like the reunion was fun for everyone. You are so lucky to have all of your family together.
Jane

Sherry said...

Cheryl,
That's fantastic! Love this post. Thanks for linking it up at HSH!
Sherry

Debbie said...

What a beautiful, beautiful post in so many ways. I agree about the pleasure of seeing your own backyard through the eyes of a visitor. I loved the places that you shared,and most of all, I loved the picture of the grandma hug. That was my favorite.

Joining from Simple Pleasures. This was certainly one.

Dayle said...

Cheryl, I loved, loved everything about this post. There's a lot of meaning here, lessons to be learned. Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

Hi Cheryl,
You are so right, we often forget what's under our nose.Seeing places again through visitors eyes is exciting.
I'm glad your family reunion went well. Reunions can take a lot of co-ordinating but they are sooo worth it.
God Bless
Barb from Australia