Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Moment in Time with Friends....

This is the post I promised a week ago...

Even now, I don't have time to write the words these photos are deserving of; I need to get ready for work.

I have written about Laborless Labor Day before. An event that began in 2006, when my friends decided to rent a beach house on the North Shore. Women only. No husbands or children. That was the year I was fighting breast cancer and that September I was in the middle of radiation treatments. Chemo was over and Labor Day weekend I was sporting some peach fuzz on my head. I stayed on the deck except for early morning, sunset, and swims.

Labor Day 2008 I wrote this post that weekend on the deck. I had just started blogging.

Labor Day 2009 I didn't make it up to the beach house. Unbloggable events had begun the Tuesday before.

Labor Day this year, 2010, was magnificent. I do not have time to narrate the photos, but I encourage you to click on them and see them enlarged. Ke Iki Beach is a magical place.

I will attempt, in my early morning rush, to give give you one set of imagery with words. An event with no photos.

Saturday night is always a celebration. After a dinner of clam pasta and salad on the deck, the living room is cleared by pushing the furniture to the sides. A master play list has been prepared by two of my friends and the dancing begins. This year we danced through the decades. All of us worked our way through the '80's in clubs and/or restaurants (that is how we all met) and the music of those times brings back the girls we used to be, the young women still at the center of the women we have become.

We may have met in the 80's, but we were teens in the 70's and children in the 60's.

We danced with abandon for two hours straight. We danced in a circle and through the circle, in lines and in pairs; we danced to Build Me Up Buttercup, and we danced to The Cure. Electric Slide as well as Prince. Funky Cold Medina and Donna Summer.

Then we made a dessert bar and piled our plates with cookies, Faith Hill's Coca Cola cake, and lemon meringue pie.

We piled onto the bed in the living room like a teenage slumber party and talked until the sugar high began to wear off and just before we got sleepy for good, we rallied for a last number.





























Today's tip? Pretty obvious. Make time for the good times when you can. It makes everything else worth the effort.

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25 comments:

Christy said...

I can't believe how beautiful it is there. So glad you got to make it this year!

Nubian said...

Amen

Sandra Rose Hughes said...

Friends, food, beauty...life doesn't get much better than that.

Kristan said...

:D

I want that master playlist-maker to DJ for me!

GORGEOUS photos. I'm glad you got to go this year, and even more glad you chose to share it with us. :)

only a movie said...

I'm so glad you got to go this year. xo

Jan said...

*sigh* Gorgeous photos. I'm glad you got to go, too.

Mama Badger said...

That looks amazing. And the woman with that surfboard? Her backside does not belong on a woman who was a teenager in the 70's! Not fair.

A Mom on Spin said...

And what was the last dance?

Kelly @ The Startup Wife said...

What an inspiring story. I'm so glad you were able to go this year--bless you!!

You write so beautifully. I felt like I was there. And those pictures ... sigh. So lovely!

Following you now! :)

Anna See said...

Sounds like a special group and a special time!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I'm so glad you were able to attend this year. What fun and such beauty surrounding you. I don't think I could take it.

Maybe you should expand to twice a year. Thanks for sharing the trip.

Sprite's Keeper said...

I remember that post in which you said you wouldn't be going for Laborless Day and the sorrow just seeped out of it. To see you back and with the people who lift you up so high makes me smile, Pseudo. :-)

Brian Miller said...

what a beautiful place...and so important too to get away with friends like that...nice.

Michele said...

I'm so glad that you were able to get away. It is times with friends that make life the best. The pictures are beautiful. I really need to find a reason to get back to Hawaii.

Kathy said...

I want a girls only weekend just like that :) It sounds like heaven!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Women only weekend in a gorgeous place like that. Woo-hoo! Thanks for sharing. It sounds like a blast.
xo jj

Gaston Studio said...

You totally took me there Pseudo, and I so enjoyed it, dancing around with your young girls to music I can actually understand... and the photos? Awesome!

TechnoBabe said...

Sounds like such a great time with friends you are comfortable with and good food and music. I like the singing part.

King of New York Hacks said...

Wow..Wow..and WOW...another place added to my bucket list...Truly took us there as Virginia said.

tulpen said...

Love the photos. But I must know.

Is that your butt??

secret agent woman said...

I completely agree about making time for the good times.

Val said...

what a beautiful place - and yes one should always have time with dear friends x

sage said...

Very beautiful, sounds like a fun gathering and a support group for you... I will try to get back to Travel Tip Thursday posts next week.

Lori said...

How beautiful and wonderful. Wow! I cannot imagine being in such a beautiful place with some of my most favorite people and dancing with wild abandon...Wow!!!!

Christina said...

amazing photos! just amazing. : )