I lost both parents several years ago to cancer, within a short few months, they were both gone. This loss created a painful empty space in my life. Yes, they say time heals all wounds and things will get easier. Well, it’s been 13 years and it doesn’t get easier, but I’ve learned to cherish their memory, learn from their advice and live a full and happy life.
Growing up in the farm country of rural Arkansas, we lived a simple life. Now that I’m older, I reflect on that simple country life and realize how fortunate we were. As kids, we played outside all day and even after dark. We weren’t consumed with video games. We went fishing…hunting ….and chased lightening bugs at night. On hot summer days, the garden hose was our sprinkler and an old tarp was our “slip an slide”. We bailed hay, chopped cotton and rode down the old dusty farm roads on the tail gate of my daddys Ford pickup. We were the luckiest kids in the world.
As most people from the south will agree, parents had favorite little sayings. My mom always referred to getting settled as “building your nest”. Whether we were cuddling on the couch watching TV, tucking us in at night, or searching for our own homes later in life. “Building your nest” was her way of saying, get settled, get comfortable and relax. Be happy with where you are and what you have. It’s taken me a long time to truly understand what she was trying to instill in us as children.
Being in Belize I’m seeing a reflection of my simple country life as a child. Although it’s a world away, the values and characteristics are so similar. Kids walk home from school, they play in the park, ride their bikes and walk to the store. They are happy with what they have and enjoy each day as it comes. I’m loving this opportunity to experience this simple, calm lifestyle and feel “settled.”
I hope my mom would be proud, I think I have finally “built my nest” in Belize!
There’s something about the cool ocean breeze, the sand in your toes and a long walk on the beach that put’s life into perspective. A “time-out” of sorts to reevaluate where you’ve been, where you’re going and to sincerely be thankful for these opportunities. Counting my blessings is a top priority at this stage in my life. I’m thankful for my children, my grandchildren and the love of my life who shares this journey.
When you reach this “third” stage in life there seems to be a shift in perspective. The days are calmer, the worries are fading and “passing the torch” of parenting and responsibility have slowly eased into the background. It isn’t until we observe our adult children dealing with the challenges and obstacles, just as we did at that stage, do we truly realize and appreciate this cycle called life. We can now enjoy our children as the strong, capable young adults they are becoming.
I’m realizing on the island, I count my blessings more and my worries less. I’m certain that whatever issue comes my way, it will pass. Be it a challenge or obstacle, “this too shall pass.” I watch more sunrises and sunsets. I ride my bike and take more walks. I try to see the good in people and understand that everyone is dealing with their own issues so a smile and a kind word can make a small difference in a strangers day.
I have found my peace near the ocean and I’m certain this is the place I was meant to be.
Thank You Belize!
We all seem to gravitate to those places that make us feel welcome and comfortable. So whether you’re traveling for a few days, snowbirding for a few months or you call this wonderful little island home; I think I have found that place. When you are in San Pedro and want great food, and relaxing atmosphere ….just follow the signs to this awesome little jewel…. “Brooklyn Brothers Bagel Shop”
Arriving today to see the recent completion of their new expansion was a great surprise. The new air-conditioned area with large windows, bar stools and counters were the perfect addition to this quaint island bagel shop.
Plenty of room to grab breakfast or lunch, relax with a book, or “people watch” as you enjoy some of the best bagels I have ever had. My 4lb Chihuahua “Floyd” typically goes most places with me and being an avid carb lover as well……this has quickly become his favorite breakfast stop!
I go there quite often, as the combination of bagels, an assortment of gourmet cream cheese spreads and a variety of drink options….you are guaranteed to find a favorite quite easily! Fresh fruit smoothies, coffee, lattes, juice, and sandwiches, easily make this place a perfect destination for breakfast or lunch.
One of my new favorites are the bags of bagel chips…..perfect for that late night…” I really want a snack……oh yes, I have bagel chips………thank you Jesus moments!” For the spicy lovers…..the spicy bagel chips are perfect with a cold Beliken Beer!
Brooklyn Brothers Bagel Shop is located just south of town in San Pedro in the old Sausage Factory building. Just next to the island famous Caye Coffee.
So glad both of these great businesses are in our neighborhood!