Monday, March 30, 2009

Long Island








The weekend before last I rode the ferry to meet my friend Rachel at Orient Point on Long Island. I packed my camera, a yogurt, a fleece, my cell phone, water, and Eat Pray Love into my Camel-Back. I pretended to read and instead looked for stories around me. There were prospective photos abound, like a brand new grandmother's quiet moments with the baby, a distinguished looking couple celebrating their 50th with a trip to the vineyards, two women sharing a cookie and completing one another's sentences. I was too shy to snap so I took mental pictures and they set a pleasant tone for my excursion. Rachel lost her mom this past summer. We didn't talk much but rode bikes together by the water against the wind. We slipped into a family owned vineyard for some quality rosé wine (hard to find in the US), and accepted an offer to tour the barn, vineyard, and home of the owners. Then we daydreamed about a life such as this while in line at the pie stand, where I picked out a Blackberry Apple for my husband. In a blink she was waving me off as the ferry pulled out of the harbor. I was hungry and devoured my book, then napped to the sound of Madness, Siena losing to Louisville. Quiet thoughts, calm smile, and in the moment start to finish. Happy as the fish in the sea.

7 comments:

onesilentwinter said...

OH this is such a lovely post, what a beautiful discription of your day. That last photograph is stunning!

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

i like your long island story.
we all need respite from..mmm....everything...

good book, by the way, that EPL...

long island girl said...

pictures were taken nicely. i like the last picture. i grew up in long island and i knew that it has always been a pleasure. reading this made me miss long island since it has been 5 years since my last visit.

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Beautiful imagery, both in photos and in words.

Maria said...

wow, what a glorious day, I love to people watch, the pictures you posted are fantastic and the ones you didn't take are even better.

thezeninyou said...

Great photos from a great day! Love the last photo of the bike and the tree.

kendalee said...

What a very special day. Enriching.