*inspired by a true event – updated with new content and photo
“Looking Up” video©2016 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.
“It’s just the two of us left in this entire world now,” Jeanne** told me about thirty seconds after introducing herself and her sister Cassie** to me on the beach. “And we are going to enjoy this trip like it’s our last one together.”
I quickly realized that her words were more literal than figurative…
It was still quite early in the morning but these sisters had already gone all out and splurged by renting chairs, an umbrella, and little table for the day. The older sister’s name was Jeanne and her younger sister was Cassie, both in their fifties. We had crossed paths countless times, smiling and saying “Another beautiful day” to each other on the beach, at the pool and in the lobby. Jeanne and Cassie were always cheerful and pumped up for another day in the beautiful sun.
Jeanne stood out from the other beach regulars because of the beautiful head scarves she wore. Today’s head scarf was sky blue with silver edging. From the fragile wisps of her hair escaping from underneath it, it was obvious that though an illness had managed to steal her hair, it had not robbed her of bubbly and friendly spirit. Cassie had the same energy but spirit was dulled by a hint of sadness.
“You know, I was just telling Cassie that the next time we saw you, we should introduce ourselves. Why waste time just saying hello when we can get to know each other? Life is just too short to waste, don’t you agree?”
I definitely agreed.
And we spent the next few hours chatting under their umbrella.
2017 update : I saw them from a distance this year on the beach and was happy that it was still just the two of them…
Still Just The Two of Them ©2017 Marquessa Matthews.
Photos, video and content ©2017 Marquessa Matthews. All Rights Reserved.
(originally posted on September 27, 2016)