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The Season of Sandy Paws

Posted on Aug 23, 2017 by Lisa Ricard Claro   16 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

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Years before we moved to the beach, I began saving seaside stuff—tropical watercolor art, seashells, and signs like these:


The signs took up space in my Georgia home, waiting to become relevant. The seashells comprised a collection in the center console of my car, and what began as two or three turned into so many over the years that I had to clear out a few to make room for new ones after every seaside vacation. With an “ocean devotion” like mine, it would seem that an eventual move to the beach was a foregone conclusion.

But the truth is, it wasn’t.

Yes, my love of—and yearning for—the sea was apparent to anyone paying attention. But a passion for something doesn’t always translate into successful action. There were a lot of things that had to happen before the hubster and I could turn this into a reality. I’m just lucky that he was on board, because it required both of us to make it happen. And more than that, the timing had to be right.

My “ocean devotion” didn’t occur out of the blue. It’s been with me forever. But marriage, kids, and life happened, and those things don’t always lead us to sandy beaches. In our case, life and career aspirations delivered us to Atlanta, and that’s where we put down our roots because it made sense at the time. We loved the area when we first moved there and stayed just shy of thirty years. That’s a long time in one place. We nurtured our marriage there, raised our kids there, and built amazing friends-who-are-now-family relationships there. I wouldn’t trade that phase of our lives for anything. But when the timing was right, we entered a new phase:

The hubster and yours truly, toes in the sand!

There are so many phases in our lives. As you look back on yours, what do they look like? You can pick them out, and though they may be similar to mine, some will be different. If you were in the military, that was a phase of your life. College was a phase, too. Do you have kids? Then you may have old calendars filled with play dates, park trips, soccer tryouts, little league games, gymnastic meets, dance recitals, PTA meetings—you get the idea. That, too, is a phase of life which, once over, does not repeat, even if the little chicks fly back home to roost for a time. So many parts of our lives are tied to time, circumstance, and our own personal growth.

This new season of my life has seen me reflect on all the other phases from my childhood to young adulthood, as a newlywed wife, mother of young kids, mother of grown kids, author, and other phases in between. One of these days (no pressure, kids . . . well, okay, maybe a little 😉 ) I hope to add “grandmother” to the list. Like “wife” and “mother of grown kids,” that’s one that won’t end until I do.

So many phases, so many seasons.

The hubster and I have dubbed this our Season of Sandy Paws, redolent with the scent of salt air and new adventures, and I am beyond grateful. I don’t know what will follow this. We never know, of course, not really. We make assumptions, we hope, we plan and work hard, but our phases/seasons are not always ours to decide.

What title best describes the current phase of your life? How would you name it? Season of _____________. Please share in the comments how you filled in the blank. What season do you hope to embrace in the future? What title would you give to the one you’ve yet to begin?

Thanks for hanging out with me. See you next week!

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16 Responses to "The Season of Sandy Paws"

  1. Comment by Pat Wahler
    August 23, 2017 at 9:34 am  

    You and the hubster look quite happy and content. What more can anyone ask? To be content where we are.

    I mostly think of this time in my life as the season of retirement. I get to (mostly) do what I want, when I want. What a lovely feeling!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 23, 2017 at 9:52 am  

      Yes, Pat, that sounds like a wonderful season! And that also means publishing novels…congrats on choosing a publisher for your upcoming release. Be sure to keep us posted on that! Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  2. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    August 23, 2017 at 9:54 am  

    Love that picture of you and the mister. I am so happy you have found your happy place.

    I am in my season of great grand babies. That is why I am not in my permanent beach season just yet.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 23, 2017 at 9:58 am  

      You’re way ahead of me there, Linda. *sigh* Every time I see photos of Liam on your blog I’m happy for you and envious, too. And now you have darling Alex! One of these days soon I hope to join the Grandma Club. 🙂

  3. Comment by Diane
    August 23, 2017 at 10:52 am  

    Hmmm . . . so many great seasons. I guess this one would be Grandmother. And author. And having a wonderful time!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 24, 2017 at 10:03 am  

      Both good seasons in which to be. I hope Grandmother finds me soon. 🙂

  4. Comment by Stephanie
    August 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm  

    I would characterize mine as the Season of The Holding Pattern. Kids are grown, both have serious significant others. We are a little over a decade away from retirement living out-of-state from our daughter, Megan, and all family save our daughter, Katy. Being twins, the distance between them is a constant cause of grief for them both. I anticipate twin A moving west ASAP.

    So…do we stay or do we go? While the answer is circling overhead, the hubs and I are steady on with jobs (me attempting to finish a novel), camping every chance we get (though my friends call it glamping because our camper has A/C, a full kitchen, and a full bath…I call those essentials), and the everyday business of life!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 24, 2017 at 10:01 am  

      Ah, yes, the Holding Pattern. We were there for quite a while before we moved into Sandy Paws. Timing is everything, truly, so the Holding Pattern helps put everything into order. And it sounds like you’re having fun doing it!

  5. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    August 23, 2017 at 11:33 pm  

    I guess this is my season of doing pretty much whatever hubby and I want to do. Retirement has given us freedom that we didn’t have before. We saved like crazy while a lot of our friends were living paycheck to paycheck because they partied and bought toys (not that we didn’t do a bit of that, too, just not much). We are now able to enjoy the fruits of our labor. We’ve gone on several trips/cruises with friends and we’re having a ball. It’s not perfect but then nothing rarely is. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 24, 2017 at 9:59 am  

      You’re living your dream, and the best part is that you earned the right to do so! You really do seem to have way too much fun… lol

  6. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    August 24, 2017 at 6:11 am  

    Lisa–What a happy-looking couple you and the hubster are. I am sure that at some point, you too will become a grammy. (It IS a lot of fun.)

    I’d say I’m in the Season on Whipped Cream. After struggling with parents and administrations, I now have it great all-around: wonderful students, supportive parents and administration.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 24, 2017 at 9:58 am  

      Haha…the Season of Whipped Cream sounds awesome, and I’m thrilled for you that you’ve landed in a place you’re happy to be.

  7. Comment by Pat Hensley
    August 24, 2017 at 6:11 am  

    This is my Season of Simplicity. In the past I have gotten involved in so much (because I have trouble saying no!). I have turned down teaching a class in the spring on a permanent basis, I have not entered a lot of knitting group contests like I usually do, I haven’t offered to test knit for people and I have not over committed us for anything. In essence, my goal is to keep it simple for the next year and I’m already enjoying it! What a nice relief!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 24, 2017 at 9:57 am  

      Hi Pat – I fixed your comment for you, added the ‘not’ as you requested. 🙂 One of the hardest things is to say “no,” isn’t it? But sometimes we just have to, and it sounds as if you’ve done something for yourself that you needed to do. Simplicity is a good thing!

  8. Comment by Karen Lange
    August 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm  

    Congrats on finding a new and wonderful home! 🙂 It’s always nice to see a dream like this come to pass. As far as seasons go, we entered the “empty nest” phase as our youngest daughter moved into her own place in July. Other than missing her some, we like this stage of the game, and we’re blessed to have all three of our kids live in the area. Which means we get to see our grandsons often too. Have a lovely and sunny week!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      August 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm  

      Thanks, Karen. You too!

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