I said ‘Goodnight’ to the calmest sea imaginable last night. It was like she was a sleeping baby snuggled up in light blue and pink.
What I woke to this morning was a different sort of child ~ dark and moody but with a glint of hope in her eyes.
I made for Newtown Cove doubting that a swim would be possible because of the rising tide and choppy waves.
What greeted me was a packed car park and when I looked down I saw that there were lots of people swimming in the sheltered inlet.
Some of the better swimmers were diving in towards the open sea:
Seeing the swimmers was one thing but joining them was quite another. The sense of togetherness was palpable. Friends, acquaintances, strangers … it didn’t matter. Everyone was chatting to everyone. This was a moment of communal love and respect for both the sea and those who crave it.
All the talk was about how warm the water still is; how a swim sets you up for the day; how Ireland should beat Italy in the Rugby World Cup …
See, it’s not all about appearances. It’s about embracing and enjoying nature and connecting with kindred spirits in the process.
How was YOUR Sunday Morning?