It is the last days of summer. Vacations have ended. The summer crowd has left the beaches. I comfort myself with a friend’s reminder that much as we love summer, winter is when things happen.
Still, we already yearn for the return of the lazy days of summer!
 Otis Redding, with Steve Cooper, wrote the lyrics to “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” which he recorded three weeks before his death on Dec. 10, 1967.
At the end of my “cousins trip” I met my husband and friends on Martha’s Vineyard. The only way to get to the island is by ferry, private boat or plane, or Cape Air. Visitors should only fly Cape Air if they have absolutely no schedule, since Cape Air’s schedule is as relaxed as the island. We took Cape Air.
We had absolutely nothing to do for the weekend, but–to do nothing. The company was great, the environment was soothing to the soul. Martha’s Vineyard is all about being lazy. And oh, we did that so well. On the island, it seems that no one is in a hurry. The boats are slow, the birds are tranquil and the need for speed seems nonexistent. Even the critters are calm. We found this old chair sitting abandoned on the beach. apparently the owner just wants it there in case s/he comes by and wants to sit. The bicycle seemed to be the same situation. I did not see any children anywhere nearby. Perhaps the islanders not only live a relaxed lifestyle, but also a trusting one.
Boats are everywhere, but canoes, trawlers and similar low speed boats are preferred to power boats. And like everything else, there seems to be a casual attitude about guarding one’s possessions. I suspect nearby clam diggers may have been responsible for this boat.
While life is casual, laid back and relaxed, food, especially lobster, is serious business. There is nothing better than fresh lobster, fresh corn and key lime pie shared with friends.
Hope you have a great and restful weekend.