I don’t often publish personal posts, since I try to keep my blog primarily about my books, but it’s an emotional time at my house, and I want to share this moment. My husband and I said farewell to our son James at Fort Dix, NJ, and watched him swear the oath of service as a US Coast Guard recruit before heading to boot camp. Every parent and spouse in the room became teary-eyed as we watched our loved one lift a hand to take the vow. It’s an experience and an honor I’ll never forget.
I’m excited for my son, and proud, and wish him all the best as he embarks on an adventurous life of service to our country and its citizens. I hope you’ll join me in wishing him well.
The road to Fort Dix as dawn breaks.
The visitor center for vehicle registration, I.D. photo, and entrance pass.
The base entrance.
Sending warmest wishes to my friends, family, and readers for a Thanksgiving filled with peace and the promise of happy memories.
Photo copyright Adele Downs.
This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for my family, my friends, social media followers, and my wonderful readers. Thank you for your support and your enthusiasm for my books.
I wish you all a safe and memorable holiday filled with love.
Photo of Adele Downs’ homemade apple pie copyright 2016
This is what the beach looks like offseason. I love it this way.
With temperatures in the 70’s and early fall sunshine to warm us, my husband and I take our chairs, a book, and our lunch to the beach and relax by the water. We wear shorts, long-sleeved tee shirts, and hoodies and tuck our feet in the sand. Suntan lotion is optional, there’s no sweating in the hot sun, and no umbrella to carry.
When I took this picture October 7 there were only a handful of people relaxing on the beach. The seagulls outnumbering us rested on the sand, too. I think we were all happy the crush crowds of summer had moved on.
Photo copyright Adele Downs 2016