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waves at the beach 2011

January 23, 2011

I was determined to make it to the beach before leaving for New Jersey.  I not only wanted to say good-bye to Lake Michigan, but I also wanted to wave to Grandma in heaven as my sisters and I have done for the past several years.  We usually make a winter beach trip in March around the anniversary of Gram’s passing.  This year, we decided January would have to do.  So last Sunday Rosario, Angelica and I drove to the shores of Lake Michigan, joined by our cousin Philip, for the annual tribute.

It was an incredibly cold day, and we were prepared with layers upon layers of winter gear.  We explored the vast tundra, which a few months ago was covered with beach towels and sunbathers and is now covered with snow and ice.  There was no wind so after climbing the ice cliffs at the water’s edge we made our way to the end of the pier.

It was there that Rosario, Angelica and I waved our arms the way Grandma always did: we started out small and then the wave grew larger and larger until our arms were fully extended.  She had a routine, which we followed as well as our memories allowed.  It is a simple and familiar gesture but one that all of the grandkids cherish.  We all miss seeing the original Grandma wave, which is why it is important for me and my sisters to pay tribute to Gram each year by braving the winter weather to wave at the beach.

The delicate beauty of sand and snow

Three Brave Explorers

The Cliffs of Ice-sanity

Posing on the Pier

Grandma's Wavers

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2011 1:32 pm

    Love, “the cliffs of icesanity”


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