“Let’s stay here”. She looked at him and he could see the longing reflected in her sparkling eyes. She was genuinely asking. All it took for him was to nod positively and she would fly off the hammock she had spent most of the day on and leap joyfully on the sand and into his arms.
This was the best vacation they had in a very long time.
They both felt carefree, relaxed, calm, and truly happy.
“You know it’s not possible no matter how much I want to too…”
Her eyes dropped, dimming the shine that was emanating from her entire body all this time.
“But I promise you we’ll come back soon. Even if only for a weekend”.
The smile returned, but with less glow this time.
“Perhaps one of the reasons this holiday was so perfect is because it lasted just the right amount of time”.
She nodded in agreement, as she marvelled at her sun-kissed hair and deeply tanned skin. She gazed past the turquoise blue sea into the horizon as the sun set, adding another memory into her mind.
Summer memories are stored in a drawer of your mind to look back on those dim winter days when you’re lying lazily on the couch.
He was most probably right, she thought. They had found the ideal place to go and relax, to see friends, have fun, and for – if only for a little while – stop worrying about everything and let life happen.
She recalled a Spanish proverb that says “how beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward”. How true. This summer she fully embraced its meaning. In fact, it is valid that “sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax” (Mark Black).
She laid back down on her hammock and watched the sun dive into the sea as the sky turned red.
She breathed in the smell of sea iodine and promised to treasure the moment. Until next time…
“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.” – Mandy Hale