Just a friend…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was a mix of mystical mood machinations as crimson colors cascaded across the horizon. (No C word for horizon, oh well)

I enjoyed sunset a lot. I was alone, watching the clouds slide across the sky and the sun sliding in a clear path to Lake Michigan. Some cars were there, some pulled up, and some just drove by, watching for only a moment, then disappearing to who knows where.

My Pterodactyl

I watched the clouds and laughed as I saw a pterodactyl, an elephant, and a fun Jabba the Hutt sitting back on his chair, rumbling a slow laugh to my earthbound photo session. I wondered how many people were seeing different things in the clouds or just watching the colors. People snapped pictures just as I did, but what did they see?

Jabba?

It is fun looking at the clouds and seeing with more than just your eyes. It is fun seeing past it all with your imagination and laughing a little as you do.

As the sun passed, a young woman walked up the hill with a Sushi container and a smile. Being of sound mind and no social conscience, I, of course, spoke to her and asked how the night was going. It was her date night with herself, and I could think of no better time than to spend a while at the beach watching the sunset. She had a fantastic idea and is the type of friend I enjoy. A friend who can enjoy a moment without expectation, and a friend who laughs for a moment even if that is all they have. We laughed for a second, and I, of course, gave her a card. We will see if she reads this, but even if she doesn’t, I am happy for the few moments we got to laugh and wish she had brought me sushi.

Wouldn’t the world be better if we all spoke up and enjoyed each other? Wouldn’t life be more transparent (clearer) if we took the time to acknowledge other people and let them know they are not alone, that we are here for them? Wouldn’t life be better if we could say “I am your friend” and expect nothing but a moment, and when more comes, be grateful for every second?

I had the opportunity to spend time with a friend this weekend. We took a picture together, and during our short time, we enjoyed the moments and shared a bird feeder memory or 5. There was laughter and seriousness, but mostly there was the feeling that I am glad of the friends I have each and every day.

So as the sun sets on another day, each day is an adventure. Yep. I bet we can quote Valley of the Dinosaurs and say that each day is an adventure for the Robinsons. Maybe it is not a super big adventure, but it is an adventure because we can meet new people, do new things, and enjoy the sunset each day if we want to. Don’t wait; the clock is ticking; enjoy your moments each and every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and what a peaceful night…