The Town That Feels Like a Hug For Your Heart
Every few summers we head out to the Cape in Massachusetts to stay in a little town near the beach where my grandparents have an old house. The house itself is pretty run down and not doing or looking its best now a days, but there's still something I love about it. Each room of the house feels completely different than the one before it. The wood you find around the house is all different colors and it creeks like crazy, but in an almost muted sort of way. It tends to feels stuffy; it's almost sad how beautiful the house could be if more time was spent on it, but it's too late and no one really know where to begin. Even so, the energy of the house serves as a perfect home base, and oddly charming landing pad for you while you're spending time in the super tiny old town that is Marion, Massachusetts. And that's what I really want to talk about. This little town that no one in my family seems to love as much I do. Maybe it's because everyone else has spent too much time there, I'd understand not liking it if you've lived there full time. But for me, someone who passes through from time to time, it's one of my favorite places.
Marion is a town with one main road that includes a bank, a church, a book shop, a boutique, a cafe, an ice cream shop, and a general store. Sounds like something out of a book doesn't it? Throughout the town there's also two schools, one with a my favorite red playground attached, and another right at the entrance of the town that's a big academy with houses for students to live and everything. Besides schools there's also a fancy little yacht club, a tennis club, a boat attire type shop, docks, and of course a beach. There are more restaurants and such right outside the town but what I've just described to you is what I believe to be the town itself. Most the houses and buildings are made out of grey wood which makes it feel even more beachy and it's wonderful.
Though there isn't much to do in town besides eat, bike, go to the park, and hang out at the beach, there's something to the simplicity that makes even those little things seem extra special. But of course you can leave town and take a day trip to Boston, or go to a movie theatre, or visit a neighboring town. The crazy thing is all of these things feel like little adventures when you're there, which I find so amusing.
Throughout my childhood I'd constantly day dream about bringing friends out to Marion to show them this incredible town. I wanted to share it with people so they could hopefully, like me, see how beautiful it is. As of now I've brought one of my best friends with me once and now her and another best friend of mine are going again. That's what inspired me to write about this place. I think the child in me who always wanted to share this place with friends is eager to get back there with not one, but two friends to enjoy it with. Since all of us live in major cities, there's something almost ironic to me about us planning and getting excited to simply go to the beach everyday and ride bikes to the nearby coffee shop.
Speaking of going to the beach everyday, I want to tell you about this beach that is almost more precious to me than the town itself. The beach attached to this town is small. No matter what, even on crowded days, it never feels busy. It's almost like a sanctuary to me. To get to there, we ride bikes down to the rusty playground that sits above the beach, leave our bikes by it, and walk through a few plants to end up on the sand. Everything about this place is perfect. No matter how loud small kids or birds are, it seems like it never surpasses a certain volume. Like it's never noisy. The sand isn't too scratchy, and the water is always at a perfect temperature. Even if it seems cold at first, once you're in it, the water wraps around you like a hug and you feel so content. The further you walk into the water you notice the sand becoming one of the softest things you'll ever feel in your life. And once the water is up to your chest you're floating in it, and you can look out and see a distant lighthouse or sailboats gliding ghost-like on top of the water. The picturesque blue sky with white clouds is the perfect back drop for the dark blue water you're now gently bouncing up and down in. It never fails to make you smile involuntarily because the happiness of the beach is infectious. Once you're out of the water you could care less how much sand sticks to you and won't come off, because that's such a silly thing to feel annoyed about when everything could easily feel perfect. Just being there fills your heart in such a unique way, it's hard to explain it.
I didn't write this to make you wish you could go Marion or anything like that. I wrote it so I could share the place I love with even more people than just the few friends that I get bring with me. Maybe after reading this you were reminded of a place that you love, and now you want to share with people. Or maybe it made you want to go out in search of the place that makes your heart feel hugged when you visit. I think finding a place that feels like a deep breath is therapeutic. Whether it be a whole town, a beach, a spot under a tree, or even a little patch of grass, I believe if you want it, that place will find you. And I hope when it does find you, that one day you can share it with people and encourage them to keep an eye out for their own blissful place! And I hope that place means as much to you and them, as Marion means to me.
If you already have a place like this, let me know what/where it is in the comments! I'd love to see how different it is for everyone!