Friday, July 23, 2010

Jersey Shore “Old School”

Caregiving is about control. Well, really about trying to control what is uncontrollable. Getting up every day and running repeatedly into that proverbial brick wall.

Yesterday I escaped on a pilgrimage to the Jersey Shore for a day trip of boogie boarding / body boarding and visiting with relatives on the beach at Stone Harbor.  

Facing Mother Ocean you wait preparing to wrestle with the sea. Talk about trying to control the uncontrollable.

Yet there is incredible ‘restoring’ in this visceral, physical contact with the surf, at the risk of hyperbole, a synergetic experience.

Maybe it has something to do with a shared ethos or simply a refreshing though necessary reminder that some power greater than any caregiver is always in control.

Philosophy aside and more than surf and seagulls the Jersey Shore is about people and childhoods.

Somewhere in those grains of sand and time is my own childhood.

While the Jersey Shore certainly can refresh and perhaps even teach, above all it embraces.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer 
musings: patrick ponders 


  1. looks like a great place to spend the day with some awesoming looking people. glad you took the time to do something for yourself, Patrick, and get some away time from the demands of care giving


  2. Patrick,
    I always found the shore to have restorative capabilities. I'm only an hour away from the South Jersey beaches (so-o-o not like the TV show) and I spent my childhood summers there as well (a bit north of SH in Ocean City.) Glad you had a good time and feel renewed.

  3. Betty and 'Muff', thanks yes playing hookey for a day has its merits.:) And Muff, actually my own Jersey Shore childhood was far more Ocean City and Wildwood.

  4. From farther north on the Shore (Asbury Park) I am so glad you had such a good time!!


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