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Castles In The Sand August 12, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, Nature.

Screech!  A lone gull screamed at the solitary form bull-dozing the beach.  When no other gulls joined the battle cry, the gull flew off.


The boy returned his attention to the wet sand.  Water lapped at his feet as he scooped up handful after handful and began building up the sides.

Time passed.  The boy remained intent on his task.

The sun slipped toward the horizon.  The boy stood up and stepped back.  He shook the sand off his clothes, brushed tenacious grains off his bare legs, and smiled at his masterpiece ~ the best snowman he had ever made.


With a nod of satisfaction, he walked into the deepening twilight.

Behind him, water lapped at Frosty’s belly.  Eroded by waves, the boy’s “nod to the north” crumbled into salty foam and washed out to sea.


Aah . . . that’s better!

O Captain! My Captain!  Our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won.

Rest in Peace, Robin (7/21/51 – 8/11/14).  You fit lots of life, love, and laughter into that dash.  You’ll be missed.



1. Don - August 12, 2014

Beautiful Nancy. Very moving

nrhatch - August 12, 2014

Thanks, Don. Robin Williams enriched so many lives in his short time here.

2. suzicate - August 12, 2014


nrhatch - August 12, 2014

An amazing comedian. Watching his extemporaneous remarks always WOWed me. Lightning fast wit.

3. Rainee - August 12, 2014

Well said Nancy.

nrhatch - August 12, 2014

Robin Williams flew from funny thought to funny after-thought faster than a speeding bullet.

Or, maybe, “Bing. Bing. Bing. Ricochet Rabbit.”

4. Silver in the Barn - August 12, 2014

A heartbreaking loss and a beautiful post.

nrhatch - August 12, 2014

Thanks, Barbara. Robin Williams was one-of-a-kind!

5. katecrimmins - August 12, 2014

It brought a tear to my eye. He was a genius.

nrhatch - August 12, 2014

All the amazing roles he played through the years are interwoven threads in a gorgeous tapestry. He said so much.

6. NancyTex - August 12, 2014

The most beautiful tribute post I’ve read today.

nrhatch - August 12, 2014

Thanks, Nancy. I wanted to recognize Robin’s passing without doing what many “tributes” seem to be doing ~> hijacking his death to serve some misplaced agenda.

NancyTex - August 12, 2014

Mission accomplished. Yours was perfect.

nrhatch - August 12, 2014

Carpe Diem. We can only live happily-ever-after on a moment by moment basis.

7. Pix Under the Oaks - August 12, 2014

Beautiful Nancy. Incredibly sad today.. without words.

nrhatch - August 12, 2014

Robin was AMAZING! Maybe you can drink a toast to him at Wine Time this evening.

8. valleygrail - August 12, 2014

A thoughtful and loving post. Thank you.

nrhatch - August 12, 2014

Thanks, VG. We’ll miss his manic wit and wicked humor.

9. Jill Weatherholt - August 12, 2014

Beautiful, Nancy. Typically I’m not really the follow Hollywood type, but yesterday’s news really upset me. RIP Robin, your talent was endless.

nrhatch - August 12, 2014

Like you, I’m not interested in the Hollywood who did what (or whom) scene. But Robin was such a comedic genius that I wanted to give him a quiet wave as he exited Stage Left.

10. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - August 12, 2014


nrhatch - August 12, 2014

Last night, I reflected on the amazing roles he filled ~ Good Will Hunting, Fisher King, Birdcage, Mork, etc. Varied and different with such interesting messages.

Quite a comedic and dramatic guru!

11. Eric Tonningsen - August 12, 2014

We are all dreamers, creators, and Frosty’s.

nrhatch - August 12, 2014

All Things Must Pass . . .

12. Grannymar - August 12, 2014

Life is a series of building castles in the sand.

nrhatch - August 12, 2014

Yes. Much self-created suffering is rooted in the frantic desire to attain something other than what we already have . . .

But nothing lasts.
So what’s the rush?

13. Behind the Story - August 13, 2014

A beautiful tribute.

nrhatch - August 13, 2014

Thanks, Nicki. Robin brought so much joy into our lives with his performances. He’ll be missed.

14. jannatwrites - August 14, 2014

I’ve only been to the beach a few times, but I never could build anything. I like the sandman, though!

nrhatch - August 15, 2014

Some of the sand sculptures we’ve seen here are amazing ~ funny and fun mermaids, gators, turtles, fish, castles, etc.

But I can’t get past your preface ~ “I’ve only been to the beach a few times.” You need to come visit!

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