Or, in my case, the early bird catches the beautiful sunrise. I guess there is truth to the old adage that good things come to those who get up early. At least that’s what I promised myself as I stumbled out of bed at 4:50 am on the last day of our vacation.
I had sworn all week that I would go out to the beach to watch the sunrise so it was now or never.
I walked across the street and beheld the miles of dark white stretched out before me. As I made my way onto the sand, I felt the small grains slide between my toes and they made me smile. The sand was cool to the touch and I found myself wishing I had worn a jacket.
I strolled along as I waited for the sun to make an appearance and I was surprised to see that I was not alone. Several hundred feet away the silhouette of a man rose against the dark sky. At first I thought he was meditating as he stood still by the edge of the water. But unless fishing is a new form of meditation, he wasn’t there to find his center, but rather a nice, big bass. (Are bass found in salt water? I have no idea, but I don’t really know any other fish so bass it is.)
As I waited, I kept myself busy looking for cool shells to add to my collection. I found a beautifully swirled shell which had probably housed a little crab at one time or another. It was mine now, however, having long since been abandoned by its original owner. I found a small rock that was a smooth and as clear as glass. I could actually see through it. That one has become my favorite.
I found several other pieces that have no meaning other than that they were pretty. Almost as pretty as the beach and the sky itself which, by that point, was glowing a brilliant pink and purple.
Then suddenly, in one glorious moment, the colors changed. The pink gave way to yellow and the corner of the sky looked like it was on fire.
The sun had arrived.
It wasn’t long before it cast its glow over the entire beach and everything in it. Where there had been shadows before there was now light and warmth.
A new day had begun and I was there to see it happen.
I was one lucky bird.