|The Shenandoah sets sail.|
On days when the breeze blows steadily from the WSW at 10mph, and the sky is cerulean blue, it is easy to believe that life is good. I enjoyed such a fine day today; it brought to life all the very best of life on the Vineyard.
I hosted a small mid-morning brunch with eight women; we gathered to eat and share stories. As it turned out, our tales were ghost stories. An Island with haunted inns and lighthouses, with lore of mad women and sea-captains and accounts of adventurous fishermen served as fine grist for the conversation mill. With the natural cadence of born story-tellers, three of my friends kept us hypnotized by the antics, both loving and malevolent, of spirits from the other side.
My daughter and I made an early morning run to Edgartown to the Edgartown Meat and Fish Market. I picked up some bagels and pains au chocolat. When I first arose, I make a banana-almond loaf. The generous spread of pastries, breads, eggs, bacon and fruit salad served as a centerpiece to relish at our brunch. As everyone took their leave, I pulled out zip-lock storage bags to send care-packages home with my guests. I shared some of what was left, packed some for a beach picnic and STILL had leftovers. The Edgartown Meat and Fish Market is relatively new. Usually, I shop at the Black Dog for baked goods, but life is about trying new things, after all!
One of my friends asked me to join her and her friends at a predesignated spot on Eastville Beach. I appreciated how openly the women received me and how naturally, without apparent effort or strain, enveloped me with their caring, humor and wisdom. As I lay on the warm sand, feeling the quickening breeze toss my scarf and tease my hair out of its braid, I was infused with a bone-deep feeling of well-being. These women, whom were new to me, shared their worries and their questions about life, marriage and motherhood. These were some of the same questions with which I have wrestled. Under the deep blue umbrella of a broad, cloudless, summer sky, we were united by our stories and our love of this Island.
|outside of Black Dog Wharf|