When I was young, we would pack up and I was lucky enough to spend the summer in the beach bungalow community of Far Rockaway, NY.
I’d say goodbye to my Bronx friends and it was always punctuated “see you in September””(as no school ever started before labor day back then). The harmony that beach life provided was unparalleled; the symphony of the ocean, the sounds of paddleball, the calling of our parents to come to dinner. I have never forgotten those feelings and have always, for most of the past 60 years, chased those elemental feelings of joy, peace, and the harmony of feelings and circumstance.
This past July was a reminder that the more things change the more they remain the same. My wife and I spent a week at the beach in an AirBnB in a small beach community in Rhode Island, happily content to share a queen bed due to prior sleeve surgery that we have both been successful in maintaining (and keeps our options from being limited as small spaces rarely have king size beds).
After a few days at home we headed out to what became a true “circle of life” series of events. We began in a small town in Vermont at another tiny but delightful AirBnB to participate in a celebration of life for an uncle who passed in winter, and who was truly like a second father to me. We gathered, we sang, we laughed, we cried, we shared stories. My aunt and I spoke as we were leaving about how important it was to do this for all of us, and while the occasion was a sad one, the celebration of a life well lived was uplifting.
We then headed to Mystic, CT to attend another celebration; this on the wedding of a
colleague, not something for closure, but to celebrate a new beginning. We again sang, we laughed, we even cried (who doesn’t shed tears of happiness at a wedding?) and we danced and we participated in the fact that true love knows no beginning, no end. It is eternal.
The harmony of the universe allowing us to participate in these events still has me smiling. You don’t need electronics to “listen” to the symphony of life. It’s all around you. All you have to do is take the time to take it in.
Kevin Fitzpatrick, Dr. Neil Floch’s gastric sleeve patient with 185 lb.weight loss