I decided when I finally got around to starting this blog, I would write about more than just the happiness and excitement that I feel for pop culture. I would also write about how I feel about life. How the simplest of things can bring someone happiness, if even just for a moment in time.
This winter has been long. Not only that, but the fact that around the first day of spring, here in New Jersey we were still dealing with snow! I like to joke that it was Elsa’s doing. Frozen at the time was still in previews on Broadway and Elsa just wanted everyone on the east coast to know that her show was opening a few days before this bizarre winter storm at the end of March. Well, that’s my silly theory on why it had to snow at this time of the year here.
I am much more of a spring and fall person. I feel like the weather at that time of the year is just right. Usually, not too hot or cold. Perfect climate for the most part. Not much of a winter person. So cold, have to wear boots, heavy jackets. No thank you! So what made this winter at little more pleasant for me this year? A local beach that I like to frequently visit throughout the year because if you live in Jersey you have to appreciate the ocean. Well, this winter a little after Thanksgiving out of the blue was this tiny little tree decorated with lights and an American Flag for the upcoming holiday season on the beach. It was on a pile of sand dunes. It was so tiny, yet it stood out. It made you smile. It was this proud little tree that could stand the mighty ocean and powerful winds that sometimes inhabit the shore.
Winter can seem to be forever ongoing during the months it occurs in. So to think of this tiny little tree on a beach this time of the year is kind of funny, really. Visiting the beach and seeing this tree made this winter a little more pleasant. It was that brief piece of sunshine in a dreary, depressing, cold winter. Seeing it made you smile. I expected soon after the holiday season was over, that would be the end of the tree on the beach as well. Then January came, and it was still there. Then February came, and it was still there. Then March came and the tree was now gone. I have to admit I got so use to seeing it, I thought it would always be there. To now see it finally gone, I have to admit, I was sad. I got use to seeing it and saying a “hello” from the boardwalk. I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older it is sometimes the little things in life that can mean the most. The simple things such as seeing a tiny little tree that seems out of place on a sand dune in the middle of winter that can bring a smile to your face.
I now have a fond memory of this winter. It’s a memory I can look back on that can bring a smile to my face. All thanks to this tiny, little tree who I named Sandy Sue.