Swear to God on Granny’s grave!

Swear to God on Granny’s grave,” this is what my children have always said when they are being emphatic about their feelings, trying to figure out if someone is “joshing them” (a phrase my Granny actually used). It is the ultimate pinky promise, pinky swear, a “cross my heart hope to die stick a needle in my eye,”. The most sacred, serious vow anyone can ever swear to.  If broken, you must suffer serious consequences. These promises come straight from the heart and are sworn to intangible or unmeasurable value.  

This is serious stuff! THE most serious.  Be careful how you use that one! Tray used to find this extreme to swear on Granny’s grave? Hey they came up with it!  Just know they use that phrase with the upmost respect really.

Sitting on the beach yesterday, as I looked around to see little kids making sand castles, people walking there pups, Thing #2 walking and gabbing with her 3 friends acting so goofy,  I had a feeling of “how’d I get to find myself  here?”  It’s been more than a few years now, did we just pick up and leave?  Not knowing exactly where we were going?  Knowing no one, not one person in this place we call home?  Where I am able to sit on a beach 365 days of the year if I want to?  Put our fate into each other’s hands while we move 1000 miles away from that place we called “home”? 


As I sat there next to Troy, both of us doing nothing, relaxing, half asleep and enjoying this slice of reality at its best.  It was then I thought, don’t ever take this for granted.  We live where people vacation, where they go to get away from the realities of their own lives.   Soak it up a little, let it sink in…we left on a wing and a prayer, hoping this would be exactly what we needed and by George, it worked.  All four of us were able to step out of the past and step right into our future here.  There was no  “reinventing”  it was more like “refurbishing.”  What I mean is, evicting all the bad that had happened to us individually and collectively  to step out of all of that and start something completely and utterly new, but still being true to ourselves, a new found freedom we hadn’t ever really known.   The fact it is on a beach, is immaterial really but honestly,  it’s pretty damn great I have to admit.  

This beautiful sandy coastline, where anything less than 80% rain forecasted means it will be another gorgeous day, surrounded by my family and the people we now call friends, there is no better place, not to us anyway. 

 So as I hear those giggle from children playing in the sand, or see a dog walking its owner trying hard  to run through the waves, and our daughter who only really remembers this being our only home ever,  enjoying being with a friend visiting for Spring Break,  I say to myself:  “I swear to God on Granny’s grave, I will not take this for granted!”  All that bad shit, all that negativity and the people behind it, well, quite frankly, that all can kiss my arse, I care not what anyone but us thinks about our life here on this island because they have no clue, only assumptions that are very far from the truth. 

“I swear to God on Granny’s grave, I will not take this for granted, I will feel blessed and grateful we landed here, I won’t look through rose colored glasses again,  this is real, the past is the past, move alongt because the past shall not define today, tomorrow or next week, life is good, I will remember that always”   That line in The Shawhank Redemption  says it best “get busy living or get busy dying”

      The Way. Fastball


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