The Perils of Beach Writing (A Horrific Tale)

September 19, 2011

Virginia Beach 2011

All a gal needs is a dream.

And a stick.

And, if possible, an expanse of unmarked sand.

(The stick doesn’t need to be cedar, but that would lend a lovely aroma to the following embarrassing proceedings.)

(Our stick was of the randomly-found-on-the-beach variety.)

Virginia Beach 2011

No vacation can pass without being memorialized in the sand.

(All the best memorials can be washed away with a high tide.)

(Except Lincoln’s.)

(His is rather sturdy, but still quite dashing.)

Virginia Beach 2011

Beach writing is a precise, delicate art.

You’re lulled into thinking it’ll be easy, a quick reminder of the time spent watching tiny dogs being forced into the ocean and avoiding seagulls who are possibly planning something.

Virginia Beach 2011

Sure, it might seem a good idea to write the month and the year.

Virginia Beach 2011

But that might give a different feeling than you hoped.

Virginia Beach 2011

Then you’ll have to start anew.

Virginia Beach 2011

Does it look better with the whole year?

Virginia Beach 2011

We think not.

Virginia Beach 2011

Putting the date numerically seemed best.

Yet the vertical lines make it all blur together.

Virginia Beach 2011

Maybe we just need a luckier location.

Virginia Beach 2011

Or maybe it’s us.

Virginia Beach 2011

Finally, due to perseverance, the help of the Greek god Triton and our refusal to do it over again, we succeed.

Virginia Beach 2011

Now our trip will live on in infamy.

Sand Name Collage

And, yes, we realize it somewhat gives the impression that we’re dating, as the beach writing resembles something that would be carved onto a tree to emphasize never-ending love.

As you can see from Skye’s heart pose, we’ve come to embrace that.

Some people think the surprise attack will come from the Canadians

Which is just crazy

Because it’ll obviously be from the seagulls,

Megan

The Perils of Beach Writing (A Horrific Tale)

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