Monday, June 3, 2013

Today I was a wild child.

I woke up today, on the last day of this adventure, with nothing but time and a fixed determination to see the ocean. 

Half an hour after embarking, I came across a main street in a small town. If there's  one thing I can't resist, it's a main street in a small town. So, I found a parking space and set off on foot. It was chilly and blustery as small oceanside towns are prone to be, so I spent the first few minutes of my walk trying to keep my hair tucked in place while simultaneously holding my skirt down in a battle against the invasive gusts of wind.


And then, suddenly, it just didn't matter.

I thought, "Enough of this." I untied my hair and let it run free into happy tangles and wavy tomfoolery. I let go of my skirt and decided I couldn't be that much worse for the wear if this small ocean town saw a little leg or thought I was an improper hippie child.

I found a sushi place with a fantastic lunch special and I lunched with myself. I didn't bother to run my fingers through my windswept hair. I used the chopsticks and didn't even ask for a fork, even though I am really bad at chopsticks. I muscled through, and, it turns out I am not so bad at chopsticks after all. I put a whole piece of California roll in my mouth, even if it wasn't ladylike because my mouth is just never big enough for the California roll.

I walked into a bookstore and I bought a children's book, as I am prone to do on my travels. I talked to the owner about her pet birds behind the counter, named Bridget and Tilly. I asked her, "How do I get to the ocean?"

"Take a right turn and keep going," she said. And so I went. 





Today was a particularly rare and delicious kind of happy.

12 comments:

Kerry said...

I know I just emailed you but I have to say this again: go girl go!!!!! I am loving your adventure!

Siri said...

Love days like that :) How fun!

Chrissy Delacy said...

I'm so so happy to read this. :)

Becca Fotheringham said...

Teach me how to be adventurous! Because I truly want to be, but I'm also slightly terrified of change. Not a good combo.

Ashley Allan said...

This post was just delicious! A literary feast of simplicity and honesty.

Kayla FrecklesinApril said...

Beautiful girl, beautiful writing, beautiful day.

Katie said...

"A masterpiece." But seriously. Love this.

Take June said...

Beautiful!! I absolutely love this!

Autumn @ The Unreal Life said...

Beautiful! =)

McKenna Lou said...

This sounds wonderful! I love your writing! Your blog never fails to amaze me! xx. McKenna Lou
www.lynnandlou.com

Jenna said...

Indeed, that sounds like a really great day.

indeazgirl said...

I didn't know water got that blue in California! yay!