I had the wonderful fortune to spend time with my parents, an uncle, and my sisters this past weekend. My fiancé had not been to the island – ACK, to be clear – so it was a special treat to share a childhood haunt…and many fond memories and traditions…with him.
We were there only two days and my heart really sank to leave – the combination of vivid memories from my youth, paired with having us all in one place (my brother and sister-in-law were missed!) plucked at my Empathetic heartstrings! It is always jarring to swap realities for me, and always has been – not to the point I can’t do it, just that it takes a little adjusting (incidentally, it appears this is a common problem for folks – google it and see!) I truly, however, appreciated every moment while I was there.
One of our traditions is going out to the harbor just before low tide, and taking advantage of the low water levels to snag fresh clams (in season, and within the regulations, obviously.) I love that the restrictions are in place, lest individuals harvest with gay abandon and upset the ecosystem for their own gain.
Once we have a good bushel (or more!) we haul them back in and make two things – clams casino and clam sauce for pasta.
As a clean eater, I actually don’t have either dish (though, in my defense, casino contains cheese, which I – and my stomach – definitely cannot have!) It is more important to me personally to maintain and achieve my goals, so I’m okay with abstaining. I always have enough of my own goodies to not feel hungry (my fiance made stir fry chicken and vegetables! 🙂 and I know I will feel better later.
That said, I do enjoy the preparation, having all of us together…AND a few steamed clams in olive oil and green tabasco (my uncle’s favorite concoction!) The most important part of the meal preparation, and devouring, is the time with my loved ones.
When I reflected on our many summers together, my heart just glowed – sometimes Life goes too quickly. Or maybe we are young and aren’t thinking about time marching on as vehemently as it does… But since we all are at a stage where we DO have control of mindfulness, make sure to take the time to stay present (something I work on daily.) Cherish the moments you have – they make for a mind-blowing tapestry of memories and love.