Playing Hooky

View of Zuma

View of Zuma

The first day of summer arrived last week but with College Kid donning dress shoes for his full-time internship and High School Kid slinging a backpack over his shoulder for summer school, it felt more like work until my pal Brookie lured me to Malibu for a girls getaway.

At first I hemmed and hawed over playing hooky because, like most Americans, I feel sort of guilty about it. I should’ve called Dr. Glenn Braunstein over at Cedars-Sinai because he wrote the benefits of a vacation can help women problem solve, boost relationships and avoid coronary heart disease. As if that wasn’t enough ammo to get out of town, the American Journal of Epidemiology states the destination and length of your vacation are not factors to the health benefits.

On the drive along Pacific Coast Highway, I sensed these health benefits as the ocean view lulled me into a different headspace: less Gotta Get It Done and more I Need to Do This More Often. Two things happened by the time I reached Zuma: I forgot my To Do List and my hair turned crazy-frizzy.

Not Guilt-Ridden on the Sand

Not Guilt-Ridden on the Sand

We set a course for the sand. Plucking sea glass from the shore and swapping stories, we hardly checked our phones. (Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration.) At some point, we pocketed the phones and surmised a better idea would be fish tacos on soft warm tortillas, smothered in salsa and cabbage. I lost count of the iced tea refills and the laughs as Brookie and I watched the sun break through the cloud layer and light up the beach making it look postcard perfect.

We climbed the uneven railroad tie staircase and planted our lounge chairs on a grassy lookout over the sea. We didn’t count on having to wrangle our sunbrellas, which behaved like calves making a break to one side and then another.

With a few feet of rope and a lashing, we set things straight and enjoyed shade. The hours slipped by as we talked and read and watched the ocean change from grey-green to green-blue to shimmer sparkle blue-yellow over the course of the day. I felt my eyelids grow heavy and I did the most luxurious thing of all: I napped.

A Picture Perfect Day

A Picture Perfect Day

When I woke up, Brookie handed me a glass of cold Sauvignon Blanc refreshment.

Not my typical weekday. Or should it be?




Author Description

Cynthia Baseman

Cynthia Baseman is the author of 'Love, Mom: A Mother's Journey from Loss to Hope.' She writes about motherhood, the environment and education.

There are 14 comments. Add yours

  1. 11th July 2013 | Matt Steiner says: Reply
    It's almost lunch time, and the description of those fish tacos is making my stomach grumble aggressively. And I agree, it's those spontaneous moments of relaxation that feel the most rewarding. I think we all tend to forget that putting our lives on hold for one day will not lead to catastrophe. It's tough to dial down the momentum when things feel so busy.
    • 12th July 2013 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      Hope you had a good lunch least some Chipotle or something!
  2. 3rd July 2013 | Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff says: Reply
    I just want to live this post myself. Thanks for the inspiration!
    • 4th July 2013 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      I hope this July 4th you will have some great re-charge time.
  3. 30th June 2013 | Susan kolko says: Reply
    How fun....Isn't it crazy how we live so close to such beauty, yet rarely relax and enjoy it? Good for you!
  4. 29th June 2013 | Robin Berlin says: Reply
    Great post Cynthia. I read it on day I made a stay vacation in my backyard. Feeling a little guilty of all the work and emails to do - including one I owe you - Instead I Read my book pool side on this hot LA day, jumping into the pool, enjoying no kids at home and loving the break. We all need the break. Maybe you just inspired me to head to the beach this week. Thank you.
    • 30th June 2013 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      This would be the week to get to the beach if you can. I'm over the guilt! I think we're just a whole lot easier to be with when we've had a good little break. Just ask my husband and kids.
      • 30th June 2013 | Mamacita says: Reply
        What a lovely way to spend relaxing and enjoying quality time with a special friend. Those wonderful photos inspire me to zoom to the closest beach or mountain retreat to meditate and slowly breathe in the sweet moments of life.
  5. 28th June 2013 | Brookela says: Reply
    Great day, and we can do it anytime!
  6. 27th June 2013 | Christina Simon says: Reply
    Sounds so fun and easy to do. Gorgeous photos and yes, my hair would be frizz ball:)
  7. 27th June 2013 | Hayley Kaplan says: Reply
    What a perfect day! Brookie, can I be next please? But instead of Sauvignon Blanc, could you hand me a Mojito? Preferably Acai like the one from the Ivy? ;) Just kidding about the Mojito part ... glad you 2 escaped for a day of fun. You both earned it!
    • 27th June 2013 | Hayley Kaplan says: Reply
      And ... I'd like to add, spectacular photo of the sunset, BH Mom!
    • 27th June 2013 | Cynthia Baseman says: Reply
      The more the merrier...and adult beverages are welcome. Think we can find that recipe for the acai concoction online?

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