Recently I found myself chasing after a student on the beach that was determined to keep walking until the sunset. Now ordinarily this sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon- a stroll on a beautiful Cape Cod beach in the off season without a person in sight- but seeing as the wind chill was in the single digits and I didn’t have the right clothing for the adventure, it was just a little aggravating. Once our students set their mind to something, it is often very difficult to convince them otherwise, and you just have to wait them out. It made for a good story with my co-workers, but not necessarily the type of moment that I live for.
That type of moment did come however; after we had successfully gotten the student turned around and the issue was resolved (thank goodness for the marsh that made it difficult to continue once we hit the next town). As I ran ahead to warm up the van and waited for the rest of the group, the sun began setting over the dunes of the beach, and gave me this view:
How beautiful is that? And here I am, lucky enough to get to live here. Thinking about the other types of places I have had to go for work at one point or the other, the fact that I get to spend my time surrounded by this natural beauty 24/7 is inspiring, and is really one of the reasons we chose to live on the Cape, before securing jobs or knowing a soul here.
So a 3 mile beach walk in the freezing cold isn’t so bad after all…. Just don’t tell the student I said that!