Sep 04 2018

Before You Kick The Sand Bucket…

By Lorna Hollifield for The Island Connection

Author and local resident, Lorna Hollifield.

Here’s the thing about life on the islands…it’s life on the islands. All of us who live out here on Seabrook or Kiawah know why we initially chose it. Nine times out of 10, it’s not because it’s near work. We chose it because of the golf, or the beach, or the tennis courts. We chose it because we like the dark nights with visible stars, and the parasite-infested ambiance of the Spanish Moss. We soak it all up…at first…and then things happen. We remember that we’re human and there are bills to be paid, errands to be run, family members to be dealt with or health issues to try and solve. Then we end up having regular Tuesdays again, forgetting that thing inside of us that made us “island people” to begin with.

But there’s an opportunity…a beautiful opportunity coming up to remind us who we really are. It’s called Labor Day…a beautiful little gift from a highlighted number on the calendar that frees us of any responsibilities. A lot of people see the day as a “last chance” before we have to go back to the grind, pack up the swimsuits, and start adulting again. But to that I say, in the likeness of the late great Dylan Thomas, “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light!” Or, in layman’s terms…forget that. We’re keeping summer a little longer.

Football season and school years may have started, but summer isn’t leaving with it’s suitcase of magic tricks just yet. We live in COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA, people! Summer lasts through Halloween around here. So here’s what I suggest with that in mind…take Labor Day, not as an end, but as a new beginning. Make a warm weather bucket list to complete before everything turns into turkey trot sign-ups, and light festivals. Do all of those things you’ve sat on a shelf that brought you to The Hamptons of the South in the first place. If you need some ideas…check out my sand bucket list below.

Lorna’s Sand Bucket List

  1. Finally stop yakking about how much you love paddleboarding, and GO! Hit up Water Dog Paddle Company just on the other side of the roundabout.
  2. Have your friends over and build a bonfire on the beach with that wood that’s STILL in the garage.
  3. Get your favorite dairy free sorbet from Ice Cream Boat over in the marina and eat while you walk the boardwalk at sunset.
  4. Schedule your next golf lesson with Bryan at the club no matter how bad you think you are.
  5. Take a whole day at the beach and finish reading Big Little Lies, because you know you feel super out of the loop.
  6. Have at least 3 more lunches at Ladles while their awesome cold soups like cucumber and Gazpacho are still out.
  7. Have that frozen cocktail by the ocean that you always forego because of the sugar content…one will be just fine.
  8. Stop saying how fun it looks…buy a net and some raw freakin’ chicken and go crabbing one evening!
  9. Fix that flat tire on your bike…it’s not that hard. Bike over the marsh to Kiawah and have a drink at the Ryder Cup.
  10. Enjoy your event at Sweetgrass plastic surgery the 28th…don’t stress if it doesn’t go off perfectly. Just enjoy all of the art and all the company!

Lorna Hollifield was born in Asheville but now enjoys the island life with her husband, Kimsey, and spunky spaniel, Miss Margaret. Lorna began her professional writing journey as a tourism and travel blogger, before deciding to pursue her dream of publishing fiction. Her first novel, Tobacco Sun was published by Pen Name Publishing in 2017. She’s also the pen behind one of Charleston’s favorite blogs, The Bookish Blonde.

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