What’s That in the Distance?


A day at the beach is exactly what my family and I needed for a weekend getaway.The clear, beige sand presses against my skin, covered up by a pink and black striped two piece swimsuit.I gaze up at the amalgam of dove grey and maya blue in the afternoon sky. We all lay on beach towels, with umbrellas protecting us from the scorching heat rays. I close my eyes and just carefully listen to my surroundings. The tides crash gently along the shoreline as the seagulls merrily squark with their flocks.  The 5-year-old in front of us screaming, “Mommy, look at my sand castle”! Children skipping around and giggling at the sight of little critters in the water. The mere beauty of sounds around me, is absolute perfection. It’s the little things that count.

Mum passes around cups of freshly prepared lemonade and just as we relished in the bitter-sweet flavors, the clouds begin contorting into odd shapes and a grim pewter color. Lighting strikes sporadically and thunder dulls our hearing. All the visitors begin to scream and run out of the riled up waters like an army of ants running into their crevice in the wall. This was no ordinary thunder storm in coastal Florida. Just when we think that the thunder is our largest worry, a group of stones begin dropping from the sky. I can see them descending in slow motion as I meticulously calculate their destination here on the surface. It was the most turbulent hail storm I have ever seen in my life.  Without further thoughts, I grab my family and belongings and dash to the car. “At least now we have a roof on our heads”, I thought. The force of the hail breaks the wind shield in no time and we are left ducked down with beach towels and umbrellas over our heads. After ten petrifying minutes, the storm dies down and we all emerge from the floor of the car, like survivors in a horror movie.

Today’s post was inspired by the prompt: “You’re at the beach with some friends and/or family, enjoying the sun, nibbling on some watermelon. All of a sudden, within seconds, the weather shifts and hail starts descending from the sky. Write a post about what happens next.”

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