It is almost the end of summer, that season best spent on a beach. And today as the Gulf coast endures hurricane Issac I find myself remembering the beaches of Mississippi in my youth. And the wonderful beaches of Hawaii that I got to experience when Joel and I visited the islands in 2001. Though come to think of it, when I lived in Lynn, Massachusetts I often enjoyed walking on the Atlantic beaches in the fall and spring, just to experience being by the sea and to collect sand dollars and shells. (Only at the hottest height of summer could one wade or swim in those Atlantic seas.)
Sound is a much more complicated topic for me. I am severely hearing impaired. I wear a hearing aid and with my lip reading skills, I can usually do okay in one on one conversation. Being in a group of people is much harder for me. And the telephone is frankly impossible. I will not even attempt it anymore. And yet I love music, and regularly listen to my favorites on YouTube. I use my headphones and turn the volume all the way up and can genuinely enjoy most songs. But when I’m not listening to music I keep my computer muted. I definitely do not like most noises the computer can make at times. (Remembering how AOL used to say ‘You’ve Got Mail!’)
Smiles are golden, I do believe. In recent years I’ve come to realize that with my huzband, if I can get him to laugh or even just involuntarily smile, the argument is over. Humor really is one of the most powerful tools in anyone’s kit. I feel as though I should end this piece with some great joke. Yet I can’t for the life of me think of one. (And while I can at times be quite funny, jokes have never really been my forte.) So I will close simply by thanking Lucas River, who suggested today’s words.