It’s been said that all good things must come to an end, and so we concluded our coastal Christmas with a typical “weekday” breakfast before packing up and heading home to Dallas. Our days at the beach were made memorable by spectacular sunsets, mild temperatures, warm ocean breezes, waves crashing on the shore, and the aromatic salt water. The entire experience was serene.
And we needed a long, luxurious break from the daily demands of our jobs. We didn’t want a holiday filled with familial expectations and traveling from one house to another. We didn’t want careful conversations and artful dodges. We simply wanted to spend some quiet time together, doing what we love to do during our downtime: reading, watching TV, walking hand-in-hand. Our coastal Christmas gave us all that and more.
We’ve always gone to work between Christmas and New Year’s so that our colleagues could take those days off. And so we’ll return to work, bright and early tomorrow morning. But we’ll take with us the memory of our relaxing “microcation” at Galveston Island.
A few lessons we learned are worth sharing:
- You can never have too many sources for news and information.
- When the ocean is a four-hour drive from your home, you should definitely make it a regular destination.
- Christmas is a special time of year, even if only for a moment.