As my friend Amy and I drove along the coast of Cozumel, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the tumbling turquoise waves crashing onto the white sand beaches. The sun was blazing hot, toasting us the moment we stepped out of the car, but the salty ocean breezes cooled our skin and tossed our hair and all I could do was stare in awe and wonder.
I had just been through a gutting time in my life and my heart was raw and aching. Tears filled my eyes as I tipped my head back and looked up at the palm fronds dancing against the the bright blue sky, felt the hot sand cover my feet, heard the gulls shrieking as they swooped over the waves.
It was in this place, with a dear friend who tells me regularly: “You do know I’m your biggest fan right?” that I began to heal. The torn, gaping holes in my heart were soothed as I saw the waves pounding against the rocks, always shaping but never destroying. Deep inside hope took root, urging me to believe that life could and would be beautiful again. The painful memories were still there, but new memories were building on top of them, bringing with them that rich comfort of true-hearted friendship and the chance to start over stronger, wiser, and braver because of the pain.
It was also in Cozumel that I drank my first glass of Sangria on a sultry night by the beach. Sangria, that heady mix of red wine and fresh fruit that speaks to me of tropical breezes and fiesta music and renewed hope. Today I mixed a pitcher of Plum Lemon Sangria and oh, it cheered my heart and made me smile. Life indeed is beautiful again.
As promised yesterday, here are the three winners of the Artisan Salt Giveaway!
- Barbara from Moveable Feasts
I will be having another giveaway soon and can’t wait to share it with all of you!!
In the meantime, is there a place that helped provide healing, hope or a new start in your life? I’d love to hear about it. 🙂
This is my contribution to Wanderfood Wednesday.
Plum Lemon Sangria
2 cup red wine (I used Malbec)
2 juicy plums, sliced thinly in wedges
1/2 lemon, sliced thinly in wedges
1-2 tsp real maple syrup
- Combine all ingredients and lightly muddle. Allow to sit 30-60 minutes for flavors to meld.
- Sip and count your blessings.