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Hilton Head 10/14 – 10/16

Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone.   ~Anonymous

Hilton Head Heather Piper
Markelle, Tina, Me, Denise, Esme

I can’t believe this time last weekend I was walking on the sand and smelling the sea air at Hilton Head.  I went to Hilton Head with my good friend Markelle and a bunch of her friends, which I can say are now equally my friends.  We had a great time!  Yes, I went to the beach in October and it was perfect!  The weather was in the 80s, sunny, nice breeze with no crowds.  It was so nice to get away, even if it was just for the weekend.  I’m not much of a beach person, but I do like to hear the waves crashing, the smell of salt water, and the sound of sea gulls.  Something about looking out into the sea and not seeing an end.  Puts your life into perspective and refreshes you at the same time.  I flew into Charlotte and rode with Markelle to Hilton Head.  I love to fly.  I always take a book or two and read throughout my travels, this time was no exception.  It’s so relaxing to not be responsible for getting to my destination, just sit back and read.  This trip included Catching Fire and Mockingjay the second and third books from the Hunger Games trilogy.  On a side note, the hunger game books are really good!

Markelle Harden and Heather Piper at Hilton Head
Me and Markelle on our balcony at Hilton Head 10/14/11

Markelle was such a trooper.  She walked along the beach with me and Denise on Friday night, not to mention she got up around 6:00 am (I was up at 5:00 out of habit) on Saturday morning and walked seven miles with me before breakfast.  We even walked later on that day and some on Sunday.  My friend Tree and I always used walking and talking as a form of therapy.  Plus it’s a nice way to catch up on anything and everything.  All the ladies were so patient with me and my up ‘early habits’ and my ‘inability to sit still’ for long periods of time.  No one seemed to mind or had an issue with my desire to sit on the beach, by myself, and read while they splashed around in the water.  Easy going and fun people are the best!

Hilton Head Heather Piper
Hilton Head! View from our condo balcony.

It’s funny how much I talked about Kyle during the weekend, I’m sure everyone must feel like they know him by now.  I’m sure it got old, but no one let on.  Then again, all the other ladies talked about their kids too.  It was great swapping stories and listening to different perspectives, ideas, activities and other problems.  Those stories make me feel like I’m not the only one in the boat and I’m on the right track.  I missed my little man terribly though.  I called him on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  My sister came home to spend the weekend with him and he planned out the activities before Nicole even got there.  They went to the Fort Ligonier Days Parade, picked out pumpkins, went on a haunted hayride and went to church.  My sister told me that she asked him, “What do you think Aunt Heather is doing?”  Nicole said his response was, “Probably having the time of her life or missing pudd’in.”  That cracks me up!  Yes I did miss pudd’in but I missed Kyle more.  And you know what, I did have the time of my life.  It made me feel better when I realized how much everyone else missed their families too.  At least I’m not the only one with separation anxiety.

Markelle Harden on Hilton Head beach- Heather Piper
Markelle got up at 6 am with me and did 7 miles. What a friend!

Nicole sent me a picture of his Halloween costume, he’s going as a Spartan this year.  I was cracking up when I saw the picture.  It made me a little sad because I usually help out with the costume, but it was great that my sister had an opportunity to be a part of it.  When Kyle was little she used to pick out his costumes, then for a few years, I would make our costumes.  Nicole told me he took his shield with him and hid behind it during the haunted hayride while the ghouls tried to scare him. I guess he also made a friend with the lady behind them in line behind.  Kyle insisted that they all ride together so he could protect everyone with his shield.  I don’t know why he insists on going on those rides when I don’t think he’s ever even seen them.  He sits with his eyes shut the entire time.

Heather Piper on the beach at Hilton Head
I got up around 5 am, ready to go...

Ah, going away for the weekend.  It was a bittersweet time but, with my sister hanging with Kyle and spending quality time, it was more sweet.  Thank you Esme, Tina, Denise, and Markelle for being just simply fun!  We have to make this trip an annual event.  I love off season and hanging with you ladies!!

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