the Books Off the Beach!
I mentioned to you guys that I'm planning to go back to school
this coming fall to go on for my graduate degree? I know I
told you before how much I enjoy the process of being a student
later in my life. I had always wanted to complete my undergraduate
studies, which I did as of October, 2001. I had a feeling
that I wanted to continue with Empire State College, but I
wasn't certain as to when. What I was sure of was the fact
that there was no way I be taking any courses over the summer!
have my priorities pretty straight when it comes to the beach
and the sun verses my head and my mind being buried in a book
over the course of this summer. That doesn't mean to say that
I won't be doing any reading all summer, rather just nonsense
such as magazines and novels. My mind is in a different place
completely once I get into the rhythm, as it were, of the
whole summer vibe.
reread the last paragraph I wrote to you and I must correct
myself. Magazines are not necessarily nonsense, and novels
don't fall into that category either. What it really meant
to say is that I don't want to be studying in any graduate
capacity when I know I'd rather be outside in the sunshine
or on the beach or both. And I can really say that it would
be impossible for me to be doing any serious research sitting
on the beach! For me if the beach is just a wonderful place
for my mind to simply wander and get lost with the sound of
the waves lapping up onto the beach.
used to bring a bunch of reading material with me when I went
any beach. What wound happening was that the book would simply
remain unread and untouched. I finally gave up and surrendered
to the fact that my mind was simply reveling in the sounds
and smells of the beach and the water. Not to mention the
fact that I'm truly in my element in the sunshine. I think
with that admission I can be truly called a beach bum! And
I have also tell you that I love being one. I never wear shoes
in the summer and my "uniform" from the end of May
until about the second or third week in September is just
a bathing suit and I a hat like the hat Gilligan used to wear
on the show, "Gilligans Island."
lesson here is to keep the books off the beach and simply
surrender to the fact, as I have, that the only thing useful
to do at the beach is the simply stare at the sun (with your
eyes shut of course) and simply let your mind go to mush.
Otherwise, you to set yourself up for disappointment. And
you wind up sandy books on top of everything!
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"