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Friday, December 31, 2010

Poor Sucker

Maybe the giant jellyfish had a good Christmas, I certainly hope so.  There'll be no more party invitations for him this New Year.  Wonder what took him - old age, or murder?  Guess only the sea knows for sure. 

You don't generally see a monster such as him (or is it a her - or both, perhaps?) strewn out on the beach like that. Sure is a first for me.  This year, our Christmas Day family walk holds several firsts.

The tide being more in than invited, gone are the flat, puddled stretches of sand, and in place of our usual padded step, it's an underfoot crunch of shingle keeping beat to the sea-pulse of wave to shore.

Never before has this thick cover of snow sunbathed on our beach.  It defies all logic, salt and sand, the stuff used to grit our streets, would surely wince in embarrassment at this outright dereliction of it's ancestral's duty.

Except for the wide variety of sea-birds flanking the inlets or wheeling overhead, we pass not one other living soul along the way.

Just as well. 

As here I am with my brood, dressed like the Michelin Man, twenty million sweaters layered under a double quilted jacket, and enforcing everyone to smile and play nice for the camera.  It's an annual tradition they're quite resigned to.

Well, not everyone.  (Not Today Sweet) Sam is here, but on his own terms - hanging well back from the camera, and in grumpy mode.  For him Christmas is best anticipated than experienced, the reality of the day he finds exhausting, too much fuss, sugar, and lack of order.  

No first there. 


Poor hubby is invisible, trying hard to capture the moment, huffing and puffing to run ahead of the sun, he records a soundtrack any heavily breathing stalker would be proud of (later I add music to dampen the creepiness).


This time last year, my eldest still lived at home, and not hundreds of miles apart from us.  Another first.  

I am so happy to have all my family back under the same roof again, however brief it may be.  The boy is a man, grown and prospering, studying well (if not too hard) and making us proud - just as the girls will soon enough follow on too, to make their own way in life.

All is as it should be.  

More change will come soon enough, for now I gladly drink deeply with a greedy mothers thirst, savouring each tradition, and storing up every second.  When it all comes down to dust, these precious days are the ones we will hold -  the slights, snipes, and day to day gripes of taming the savages does sometimes hit pay dirt, and on those (albeit very rare) days when they actually do, face it, the reward truly is priceless!       

I wish a Happy New Year to you, my dearest bloggie-friends - I hope the following months find us all surrounded by much laughter, love, happiness and peace.  



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68 comments:

mrsnesbitt said...

happy New Year to you all Carol - so sorry Sam doesn't like the season - had better pop a little something in the post for him eh? (wink)Lots of love Denise & Jon - 2011 the countdown starts tomorrow!

Kristina Hughes said...

Lovely video! Particularly liked the Greek style music - made it seem warmer than it looked on your beautiful beach!! Poor Sam - it's such a lot of chaos and disorder for one who likes to know what to expect. Jude managed better this year - even opened a few presents which is a first for him. Tiring though. For them and us. Wine o'clock, I feel. Here's to the return of normality....
Happy New Year to all chez Shrinky xxxx

Pat Tillett said...

Thanks so much and Happy New Year to you my friend!
Here's to a better year for all...

mythopolis said...

That is the sweetest video I have seen in a long while. The music to go with it seemed so wonderful and sentimental, like a memory in the making. It kinda melted me on a day I needed melting! Happy New Year!

~Babs said...

The beauty of family that is the heart of this video,,,,sigh,,,,
it's SO what it's all about, isn't it Shrink?
Even the beloved fur baby.

Happiest of New Years to you and all of yours,sweet lady of the island.

billy pilgrim said...

goodbye 2010 hello 2011.

have and excellent new year!

Kate said...

Certain there won't be any dead jellyfish in my neck of the woods this New Year'e Eve!
Thanks for the delightful video. Great to see the beautiful family. Have a productive 2011.

Cheeseboy said...

Wow. Your description of the snow on the beach is so vivid and beautiful. Hope your family has a great New Year's!

Portia said...

No snow here in Florida, although we had some record-breaking cold weather here a week or so ago!

Have a wonderful new year!

TechnoBabe said...

Nice to have all your family together and able to go away. Sounds like you had a nice time and the video is a surprise showing the snow on the beach. Happy New Year to you all.

chewy said...

I hope that poor spent sucker enjoyed his Christmas cheer all the way to the end. A nice sweet tradition of walking on the beach. You did a swell job editing that video. So, out with the old... in with the new. Happy New Year to you and your brood, Dear Shrinky.

Middle Child said...

Snow on the beach! Well I never.
"for now I gladly drink deeply with a greedy mothers thirst, savouring each tradition, and storing up every second." Mine are in their thirties and I know what you are saying is so true - they spread their wings and left home about 17/18 came back a few times but now live hundreds of miles away...married - I have my cats...but I have some beautiful sweet memories...and 57 photo albums - rather have them home again!!!

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

happiest of new years...kick some new baby year ass.

Grandma's scrapbook said...

Happy New Year!

Fen said...

I can't see the vid coz I'm at work but wanted to wish you a Happy New Year xo

BRUNO said...

HEY!!! Careful!!! That could be ME you're kickin'-around on the beach, there!(Probably not. Looks more like the FHB, TODAY, on "the morning/afternoon-after!☺)That'd be about the shape WE'RE all in today...!!!

Shrinky said...

Oh Denise, he LOVES the season, he truly does, it just sometimes gets a little stressy for him, that's all (smile).

Shrinky said...

Kristina, if Jude is anything at all like Sam, one of his sweeter qualities is that he is completely unmaterialistic. Whilst Sam's sib's fret over all the latest gadgets they can get, his Christmas wishes involves less tangible things - a pantomine visit, seeing the Christmas lights at night, or visiting with his cousins. Both our lads can teach many what the true spirit of the season is all about!

Shrinky said...

I hope so Pat, I have many plans for this new year (smile).

Shrinky said...

Oh Dan, what a beautiful comment to leave, thank you so much for that (see my happy face?)!

Shrinky said...

Hey Bab's, that beloved fur baby is my fifth and most favourite child of all - grin! Yes, it's good to sometimes take stock of the important things in life, isn't it? You and I are very blessed, both.

Shrinky said...

Yeah Billy, here we go again, eh?

Shrinky said...

You too, Kate - um, would you like me to post the jelly fish on to you? I guess it could be arranged..(wink)!

Shrinky said...

Yes Cheeseboy, I hope it is is for you and yours too. The snow had lain for several days there, and in bright sunshine, it was quite a sight!

Shrinky said...

Hi Portia, I rather envy you - I am a little weary of all this white stuff..

Shrinky said...

Hi Technobabe, yes the weather has gone quite mad this year, don't you think? Happy New year, sweet lady, I hope it proves a good one!

Shrinky said...

Hi Chewy-Pie, aw shucks (kicking my feet) the editing t'was nothing - grin. Happy 2011 dearest friend, I hope this coming year is the best one ever for you and yours (x).

Shrinky said...

Middle Child, 57??? Haaaaaaaaaaa, you are a woman after my own heart!!

Shrinky said...

I always do, Jackie-Sue, count on it!

Shrinky said...

To you too, Grandma's scrap-book.

Shrinky said...

Nice to see you Fen, hope this coming year proves a good one for you too, my friend.

Shrinky said...

Hahaha, now Bruno, that's quite a picture you paint there - guess you can say he's a guy who sure knows how to celebrate an occassion, eh?

secret agent woman said...

It's good to be with your kids, isn't it? A very happy and joyful New Years to all of you!

Shrinky said...

Thanks Secret Agent, I hope you and yours have a great 2011, too!

Sabi Sunshine said...

Hello Dear,

Wish you a very very Happy New year. May God fulfil all your dreams. God Bless You

Love
Sabi Sunshine

Jay said...

Aww.. poor little jellyfish! Well. Perhaps not so 'little'!

Yes, indeed, that's the stuff memories are made of, isn't it? And a walk on a snow-encrusted beach has to be one of the more memorable.

We were talking about our own past Christmases a week ago. How I used to cook macaroni cheese on Christmas Eve, along with mince pies, sausage rolls and cheese straws for the next day, while OH took the boys to the cinema to get them out from under my feet. Just chores for me, but looking back, it seems such fun.

Kim said...

It's true what you say...these days are what life is all about. It's my number one goal for the new year - just soak it in. Happy New Year my friend!

SJ said...

Happy New Year!

I wonder of dogs ever get tail-ache from all that wagging.

Joanna Jenkins said...

You know how much I enjoy visiting your blog and getting to know you and your family. It's a real treat for me.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2011. xo jj

Shrinky said...

Hi Sabi, Happy 2011, dear lady!

Shrinky said...

Aw Jay, yes, that is exactly the type of detail I am talking about - the stuff, seemingly unremarkable at the time, that we treasure fondly later. Hope the coming year proves to be a good one for you hon!

Shrinky said...

Hi Kim, that sounds a great resolution to start the new year on, I'm with you on that!

Shrinky said...

(Shaking my head in bewilderment) SJ, oddly enough, that question has never before crossed my mind - but darn it, now it has, I'm curious, and it'll probably bug me from here to eternity! Thanks for that.

Happy 2011 hon, it's really good to see you back again.

Shrinky said...

Hey there jj, you always leave me all smiling and warm - I do love it when you visit ((hugs)). So, it's another again - I wish only the very best for you and yours over the coming months!

Moannie said...

What a joy that was, to walk with you on your beach, and with the sun shining so brightly.

That sure was an humongous jelly fish.

Hope the New Year serves you well. XXX

Shrinky said...

Hey there Moannie, how great to see you drop by again. Happy New Year, dear lady, I hope it proves to be a good one!

Akelamalu said...

Loved the video Shrinky.

Thanks for your wish:

I hope the following months find us all surrounded by much laughter, love, happiness and peace.

Right back at ya honey. xxxx

Jinksy said...

Beach under snow? Whatever is the world coming to? But didn't it look lovely on a video... best way to see snow altogether, if you ask me. :) here's to a warmer 2011...

Shrinky said...

Thanks Akelamalu, I look forward to another year of friendship and visits with you, my friend.

Shrinky said...

Jinksy, I am with you on that - being snowed in tends to give me cabin fever - eeeeek!

Skunkfeathers said...

Happy Bloomin' New Year, from us ingrate former colonists across the Pond!

Was that jellyfish grape or cherry flavored?

Lori said...

I am happy that you got to have everyone home under one roof even if it was a short time...such joy to a mother heart to have all of her children together at once with her...I have never seen snow on a beach like this before...we are buried in snow and cold here...here's to a happy and healthy 2011...I hope all that is good surrounds you and your loves...blessings...smiles & hugs and love...XX

Shrinky said...

Hiya Skunk, nice to hear from the odd exile across the way (grin) - hope the new year brings sharp retribution to every scammer at your door!

Shrinky said...

Hello dearest Lori, yes, I am lucky to have another week left to bask in the company of all of my brood around me. The days are flying by far too fast! Happy 2011, I wish you only joy and love over the coming year!

Suldog said...

Oog. The general kicking and such of the jellyfish somehow made me feel sorry for the thing. I can assure you, this is the first time in my life I've ever felt anything other than revulsion when speaking of a jellyfish. You have accomplished something here, though I'm not quite sure what. Happy New Year!

Putz said...

ah you can't fool me>><><>if you want to seee real snow come to utar and i will show you real white four feet high everywhere drifting to 6 feet overr fences...they called it the pineapple express but when it reached us it was poolar express<><><>on my scholl guard jopb today it was -4 but i still had a lad and a lass come to the crossing

Parabolic Muse said...

Happy Happy New Year, Christmas Carol!

I didn't think you were like the michelin man!

I'm finding change a bit harder to take in some respects, but mellowing in others. How does that happen? I would find it hard to be a parent. So much change.

Happy New Year!

Hilary said...

Oh I feel for that poor creature...

I otherwise loved the walk on the beach.. such a lovely video. Wishing you and your beautiful family all the very best for 2011.

Shrinky said...

Hi Jim, I know (cringe) - um, you do hear me clearly telling them not to kick it - not that it did any good!

Shrinky said...

Oh Putz, you are made of sterner stuff than me - yikes, that's a lot of snow!

Shrinky said...

Aw Chrissy, cheers for that (hugs)! Funny you should say that about having kids - just the other day hubby and I sat down and questioned ourselves if, had we the choice over again, we would still have had our brood - we bailed on answering it!!

Shrinky said...

Hello Hilary, yes, I almost didn't include that clip of the jellyfish - it is a bit cringe inducing, isn't it? Sigh. Hope you have a wonderful new year ahead too, dear Hilary.

Margaret Benbow said...

These precious moments are the ones to treasure, indeed. And the music is perfect for the video! It also looks like you have a very happy dog. Good job, dear Shrinky.

simon said...

Happy new year to you too!. I have seen the snow and weather via Maalie blog..AMAZING!

As for Jelly fish- we get them here all the time :o)

Shrinky said...

Margaret, having been virtually snowed in for a week, I think we were ALL happy to finally escape and stretch our legs (or paws)!

Shrinky said...

Simon, mehhh, a jellyfish pales in comparison to a platypus! (Wink)

Rock Chef said...

Well the hound is clearly untroubled by the cold!

I can understand Sam not liking the chaos. We always used to keep to a good routine at Christmas, usually starting at around 3am when my daughter realised that Santa had been...

Hope you all have a wonderful 2011!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

What a beautiful and heart-warming post, dear Carol...from first to last...Although not so sure how I would have felt about the jellyfish ;-) Just wanted to stop by to let you know you are in my thoughts...and to send you my love and best wishes!!! Happy 2011!! ~Janine xoxo