FAMILY LOVE...by b. Malin

Art Work and Photo by Julia
Art Work and Photo by Julia

VACATION MESSAGES...

The Family has come and gone, and now the Memories linger on. Like fresh morning Kisses to be remembered and shared with Lover Man. It's been a few Summers, we've had our trial runs, once or twice we all came undone...But we've all now learned, grown...They have their own "Space" in a house a few blocks away. When they come in "Fours" they stay with us for a weekend. But on their "Special Vacation Week", they rent a House closer to the Beach.

We've shared Meals, and Laughs, and the Beach, and the Surf, and the Sand...Where Love Messages are written for the world to see...and for Me to find, and Post.

"They" get messages from home about their "Crazy Cat" who at age five or so, has "Selective Friendships". The message that I have Posted is from the "Cat Sitter"...Which I thought was Priceless, and a good Laugh...if you weren't the Cat Sitter! Only recently, on my last visit to their home, "Boo" the Crazy Cat befriended ME. I had my hand on the chair in their Kitchen, she jumped up and nudged it...meaning I could pet her head...I hesitated, said a prayer, that I wouldn't lose it as I stroked her head ever so gently. "Wow, I thought, Boo likes me, she really likes me". (Thank you Sally Field, for that now Famous line, which I've altered a little).

The Week flew by for us, and yesterday, we took the Pictures, said our "Goodbyes" and then quietly watched as they drove away...It was Ok, it had been a Wonderful time.

On Sunday, before the rains came down, Lover Man and I walked up to the Board walk, and looked at the Ocean and the Beach, which was pretty deserted because of the weather. The Ocean called out "Where's the Family"? "They had to go home...Vacation time was over"...I answered. "Are you All right" it asked. "I'm fine, we're fine...We shared Family Love, and the "Vacation Message" was received today...They had a GREAT TIME, and "Felt the LOVE"...So Yes, I'm Truly Ok! Thank You for asking".

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

It is so nice to have family get together vacations. Drawing the fsmily in to the nest again. Reminisce and tell stories, it was on such vacations that I often found out things my children had done when young. Mischief they had got up to and I never knew about.

Oh so sad though when the vacation is over and they each go their seperate ways and the nest is empty again.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

My family vacation get-togethers are few and far between but we always enjoy so much quality time when we meet up. I think we appreciate each other more and build so many amazing memories. Saying goodbye is difficult though!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, and you have some great memories, I am so glad you had a good time, I wanted to go to the ocean this year, but sadly it looks as though I will be missing it, oh well, never mind, maybe I will get a chance to before the summers out, cheers nell


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

So True Rosemay, finding out about their Escapades when they were Young and Laughing about them now...and watching the Beat of the New Generation that they have created to carry on...Empty Nests have good and bad points...but lately it's been GOOD!

It's the Quality Time that counts the most Cloverleaf, even though saying Goodbye is Difficult...But the memories are always with us!

I hope you do get to go Neil...Even September and October are Beautiful here on the Jersey Shore...and the Best Kept Secret!


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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Where do you find all these wonderful pictures. Voting this up and awesome.


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

yeah family gettogethers are fun, even meeting distant relatives and spending a great time.. and the memories linger. always cherished. beautiful hub

carrie


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

b.Malin, great hub on the family and value that they are, it's tough being last man standing so enjoy it all, dust


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I am at my happiest when my family is all together. We laugh all day into the night.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Family get-togethers are just the best quality time.

I love the cat sitter message:-)

It sounds as though you have had a great time, memories to treasure, thanks for sharing.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

b. malin - Wonderfully written. When I was younger all my family lived in the same area. Over the years we have scattered and I miss those times. Soon I'll be back around my son when I move back to Texas. Family needs to always come to the forefront because they are usually the ones you can count on.

Great Hub.

The Frog


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Alocsin, Thanks for your Vote. The pictures are usually taken by Lover Man, however this one is from a Family Member...and the phone note, I couldn't resist putting on.

Carrie, when it's a Wonderful visit, the Memories are Priceless. Thanks so much for thinking this Hub a Beautiful Read.

Dusty, I always treasure what you have to say, for a know that it comes from a Good and Wise Heart! Thanks for Enjoying My Values.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Me too Breakfastpops...The young ones always make us Smile and Laugh and feel the Love as do The Producers of those OffSprings!

Movie Master I couldn't resist the Cat Message...I could picture that Cat Sitter...and I personally know that Cat! Yes, we did have a great time. Thanks for stopping by to read.

Oh Froggy I'm so Happy to hear of your move...closer to be with your Son...and just think of the things you'll have to Hub about! Thanks for your Compliment.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hey b, This brought back some really nice memories of a different life and big family gatherings on the beach eons ago. What a delightful story and so skillfully told I could smell the ocean.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your hub brought back my memories of my favorite childhood holiday when my family and some of my relatives joined together for a camping holiday at the beach. My cousins, my sister and I had such a wonderful time playing on the beach and exploring the seaside town. Thank you for sharing your lovely story!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

It's our Love for the Ocean that keeps this Family Tight...and of course for each other! Thanks PegCole for thinking this Hub Delightful and my story well told.

What is it about the Seashore that brings out the Love...As if we didn't know, right Alicia. I love living here and feel complete when they become apart of it, even for just the week. Thanks for Enjoying Alicia.


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

It's heart warming to read about your experiences with your family. Sharing with our families is so precious as that damn clock ticks onwards.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hi Chspublish, Truer words were never spoken...Time is so Precious and I think the older we get we realize and try to Enjoy the Moment. Thanks for your Lovely comments.


september girl 5 years ago

Cute, I really liked this hub, b. Malin. I like how you describe your life through lover man and the family. Even down to fearing the crazy cat, Boo. : ) I bet the beach will miss you and your family.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I don't get together as often as I should with my siblings total of 7 of us still above ground, but when we do, it's so much fun. We tell tales of each other growing up as kids, the hard times and good times we shared together.

It's definitely a wonderful feeling giving and getting hugs from sisters and brothers, it always leaves me teary eyed when we part and go back to each others cities until the next visit.

Enjoy it while we can, life is so fleeting, we have to LOVE and be around our families as often as we can. This story you told here was simply beautiful and I envy you all.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

September Girl, I live here, near the Beach....so I'm never far from it. Thanks so much for Liking my Life. This weekend I was away and couldn't wait to get home and stroll the Beach with Lover Man.

Saddlerider, we too, don't see each other as often as we'd all like, Jobs, life, doesn't always allow that. But I have to say, this was one of the best weeks we all spent together. Thanks for all your Wonderful Comments about your Family...and thanks for Enjoying this Hub.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi B,

My immediate family is small and we all live fairly close to each other. We get together for the typical holidays and birthdays but I sure wish we had an ocean nearby ...


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Wow this is so awesome. A closely knit family is totally wonderful.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Once again I apologize for not answering your comments Sharyn, this new system is hard to keep up with...I wish my Family did live closer...but the Ocean is nearby, and that part I Love, as you can imagine.

Acatnna, again didn't know you had made Comments till today, so Thank You so much for Enjoying and getting the message of Love.

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