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Labor Day At The BEACH

Updated on September 6, 2010

BEACH DAYS THEN & NOW

My beloved Jersey Shore    Photo by Stephan
My beloved Jersey Shore Photo by Stephan

SIGN OF THE TIMES by b. Malin

In my black pin striped Bell Bottom jeans, I did the "dance" of the times.

With my children in tow, off to the beach we would go as I hummed a song of the times.

"Look at the Hippie" I heard someone say. I looked around to see that "they" were talking about me.

So I smiled and waved, thinking I was the "rage" as I held up two fingers to make the "Peace Sign". It was the sign of the times.

By the time my children were grown, I was on my own....Husband gone....It was the sign of the times.

I dated, made my mistakes, regrets...I have a few. But I held my head high, gave a few sighs, for that was the sign of the times.

Met a Man, a "special man".....Oh we had our fights along with afternoon delights, making love on many a night. He had a boat and "Sunsets" to die for, and endless weekends to share. And some "glorious" beaches out there.

It was understood we'd marry someday when problems were less hectic for us. On year three, we say...."oh what the heck...Lets do IT!" It was a sign of the times.

We did what was best, and everyone dressed and smiled happily at my wedding dress, as we exchanged our vows, and ran down the beach, throwing flower petals every which way. The ocean whispered, "" good luck you two....Enjoy the sign of the times."

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THAT WAS THEN....THIS IS NOW       by b. Malin

It's a quarter to three as we plop our chairs down, and Lover Man sets up the umbrella.  It's Labor Day at the beach!

With big shades on, we're ready to walk and do our talk above the sounds, the wonderful sounds of the ocean's waves hitting the beach.

The sights are a marvel to see....Sand Castles adorn the beach, children clapping and running around making the sounds of delight as they run into the ocean. Parents close at hand, to give them a hand,  and  quick to catch them when they fall....Laughing through it all. And the Lovers doing their private stroll.

The seagulls teasing one another with "food treasures" that seem so abundant because it's Labor Day. They now take flight and seem to be dancing over our heads, as they call out their own brand of music, quite a sight to see.

It's like a parade, a beach parade up and down the beach. The "great bodies" the "good bodies" the "let it all hang out bodies". The young, the old, some look like "centerfolds."  Some look like they might fold! But never you mind, It's Labor Day At The Beach.

It's the end of summer for some...But for us homebodies, it's just another lovely September, Labor Day at the Beach. The best kept secret at the Jersey Shore....is September at the Beach. Of course October is fun too. And if you ask the "Surfer Dudes", they smile and say, We Surf year round here on the Jersey Shore!

But today is Labor Day...Tomorrow it's back to the "grind", back to work and school, many happy memories left behind, until next year, until next Labor Day....Hope you and yours had a happy one....or at least a peaceful one.


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    • b. Malin profile imageAUTHOR

      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      Hi Rebecca, Thank you. I'm so glad you could see my Poems as I wanted you to...That is always such a Thrill for a Writer to receive from another Hubber/Writer. Thanks so much for your Votes.

    • b. Malin profile imageAUTHOR

      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      Hi Denise, THANK YOU. I was a Flower Woman/Child...with my Children in tow. These are two of my Favorite Poems/stories. So Glad I made you Smile my Friend...And Thank you for the Vote.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Nice job of descriptive writing! I felt like I was there!Voted up and awesome!

    • b. Malin profile imageAUTHOR

      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      Hi Sgbrown, Thanks for choosing to read one of my Older Hubs. This Hub was written when I was on HP's about two months, hadn't really built up a big following, but with time and patience, I did gain so many Wonderful Hub, Writer, Friends, and I'm so happy to include you in there!

      Thanks so much for your Vote, and for sharing. Have a Wonderful weekend.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      love, Love, LOVE !!! this poem. Brought a smile to my face. :) Cheers. Voted up.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      That was wonderful! Such a great way to write a story. I loved it! Voted up and sharing! Have a wonderful day! :)

    • b. Malin profile imageAUTHOR

      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Thank you once again Judy. Writing is like breathing to me....I've got to do it!

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      Judy 

      7 years ago

      I think I'm caught up with all the hubs..........Really

      enjoyed all of them........Keep writing

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