Saturday, October 31, 2015
Day Three & Four in Euphoria
From the top bunk the ocean doesn't look real. It resembles a strip of navy blue construction paper pasted under a map blue sky. I can see why ancient peoples thought the world was flat. I could remain in this catbird seat for many more hours but my protestant work ethic creeps into the guilt range. I feel all sixty years as I scooch down the rungs of the ladder on my butt. It takes a while to settle in and get on "dune time." My body seems "a little punk" and I realize I'm still detoxing from life on the grid. Someone has tacked a note up in the galley that reads, "Take me home. I am too isolated and can't deal."
All I want to do is stare out the window. I make a pour-over and cogitate-- one of my father's favorite words.
It's breezy. My weather radio promises a cold front tomorrow. As long as I see fishing boats I know we're not going to blow over the edge. Those guys are out there day and night-- the only nightlights I need. What a demanding way of life. After breakfast I sit on the deck and take a sunbath. In the warmer months one can use the solar camp shower by filling it with water early and letting it warm in the sun all day. It's amazing how hot it will get. My friend Peter has a more elaborate shower facility. He connects a hose to a water barrel and snakes it down the hill for several yards where upon it heats up through the day and produces a nice hot indoor shower. But, today it's a little too brisk for an outdoor shower so I will have to make do with an indoor shampoo and sponge bath.
Walking is usually good for my funks so I set off towards the ocean. Each step is a foot massage in the warm, soft sand. I pass dozens of different tracks;
My mom loved the ocean, but she never made it to Race Point. It's been six months since she passed away and I'm finally beginning to really miss her. The toll of care giving. Her death from dementia was such a "terrible relief" that it's taken this long to actually remember and miss the old mom, the one before the Alzheimer's stole her sweet, loving self. I find an old letter "M" (for Mom or Mary?) washed up on the beach and hope she's thinking about me, too.
I get a text from my dune friends, Peter and Marianne, inviting me over to their shack, The Grail, for dinner tonight. I met them my first year and we've stayed in touch over the years. They live in Boston in the winter, but stay out here through the summer and have being doing so for many years. Both are RISD graduates, very talented artists and introduced me to the fascinating history of the shacks. I decide to make Curry Vegetable Soup and carry it over in a Ziplock.
The Grail is about a twenty minute walk through the dunes.