June 21, 2011. It was one year ago today that Josh and I boarded a plane at LAX bound for the tiny island of Grenada. We didn't know what to expect as we flew a few thousand miles across the world. I was unsure about how we would fair in a third world country, but when I saw Grand Anse Beach on day one, I fell in love. When I met my Limes kids, well, I fell even harder. And the love affair has continued ever since.
We've been back in the United States for 6 weeks, and while I have enjoyed the great restaurants, cheap groceries, central air-conditioning, clothes dryer, and dishwasher, I miss my island. I miss my beaches. I miss my kids.
I can't help but think about my days in terms of Grenada time. Oh, it's 11:00am, if I were in Grenada I might be going over to Magazine Beach for an afternoon of some of the most amazing snorkeling on the island followed by a pina colada or two :) from Aquarium which is right down the beach.
Or maybe I'd be at Grand Anse Beach where the water is the most crystal clear you could ever imagine and it's not a normal day there unless I find at least one sand dollar.
If I wasn't wanting to make a huge effort to get there, I would just take a five minute walk over to Lance Aux Epines Beach to enjoy the black sand and the barely there waves.
It's getting close to 6:00pm. As the day winds down, there's just enough time to get down to the beach to watch one of the many beautiful sunsets over the Caribbean Sea.
It's so hard to move forward, when all I really want to do is go back.