Sitting in traffic today, the radio DJ made me smile to hear that “escaping to the beach” ranked as one of the top five most common shared fantasies. (second to winning the lottery)

We should all be so lucky to have the time and means to escape to the shore. Or for that matter, wherever your favorite vacation spot is located, to rest and rejuvenate!

I rescued a cocktail napkin musing that my sister wrote last summer after a day we spent together, with our girls, on a Cape Cod bayside beach. A quick jot, throw-away poem to her was gold to me. Beach-find shells can be like that too.

A chipped knobbed whelk may be tossed aside, whereas an un-assuming, sweet slipper shell could catch your eye. It just so happens, such was the case of how my engagement ring was presented so many years ago. Happy summer to all of you hard-working family caregivers! So often memories are our best escape and I’m delighted to share a beautiful beach reverie with you…


sun splashed waves

washing closer to

toes dug deep

in the sand


dragging chairs

hermit crabs digging

plum juice dripping

down chins smeared

white with sun block



on boogie boards


baby eels swimming


azure blue sky


our day


~ Claudia Bauman, July 2016

Sarabeth Persiani

Sarahbeth Persiani is the author of Run, Walk, Crawl- A Caregiver Caught Between Generations. For five years, Sarahbeth was the primary caregiver for her Father, who had dementia, while working full-time and taking care of her own family. As the founder of We Are Sharing the Sun, her focus these days is to help companies create a supportive culture for family caregivers and provide education, support and encouragement for working professionals who are themselves in the sandwich squeeze.