Sharing Multiplies the Joy
Nearing the end of my summer morning walk along the shores of Little Traverse Bay, I came upon an SUV parked along the narrow road. One woman carefully picked her way along the narrow rocky beach. Another, leaning forward in what we have come to call the beachcomber's "Petoskey Pose," was completely focused on the stones in her direct path. A third, gingerly lowering herself from the curb and onto the boulders bordering the shore, stopped and nervously awaited my address.
I had seen it before. They were working too hard, searching for treasures where they were unlikely to find them. Smiling, I said that they might find it much easier to search for Petoskey stones on the southwestern shore of the bay, where they were more plentiful and the beach was more easily accessible. Given directions to the public parks, they immediately gathered back at the car, and with many thanks, mentioned that going to a more easily accessible park would allow their mother, who was waiting in the car, to join them in their family time. Our conversation shifted immediately to paved paths, close parking, seating, proximity to the beach, and good views. Magnus Park, with its wide, paved pathways, picnic tables, and dedicated memorial benches edging the shore was the first option that came to mind. Bayfront Park West, with its newly completed, amazingly designed walkway that provides wheelchair accessibility, seating, and shoreline experiences for all, was also a perfect answer.
Their delight at including their mother in finding treasures had all three back in the car and off to make memories together before I even made it back to my car! The glow of their love for family followed me home. Beauty and happiness shared, is beauty and happiness multiplied.
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