Avalon, New Jersey

Jeanette Kakareka

When I was a child, once a year, my family would drive down to Avalon, New Jersey. We would rent the same charming, little house for one week. As I got older, I could no longer make it because I was required to go to summer intensives and now my company contract sometimes conflicts with our available week. This year, however, the weeks coordinated and I was able to go along with everyone else!

 My mom packed me a little basket to welcome me when I arrived!

My mom packed me a little basket to welcome me when I arrived!

Weeks like this are so luxurious to me. No public transportation, no extraneous responsibilities, no need to stay super fit. I can wake up late if I want or get up early. I can video chat my boyfriend. Go down to the beach. Read a book. Take a nap. Go downtown to the shops. Drink coffee all day like water. I rarely get the true luxury of being lazy and “wasting” time however I want to, so I tried to take advantage of the days spent in this way.

I went down the beach, of course, (just a block and a half away,) and jumped in the waves. The water was actually quite warm this year, so we were able to stay out longer than usual. I also had 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami to keep me occupied.

My family introduced me to the cutest coffee shop I’ve seen, second only to the replica of Central Perk in Liverpool. Almond Joy cappuccino, please.

 Coffee Talk located on 3rd and 97th.

Coffee Talk located on 3rd and 97th.

I was determined to take a nice sunset photo this week. The day I brought my camera we were downtown near the shops and the sun was quickly setting. Out of desperation, my brothers, one of their girlfriends, and I also walked down to the end of one road not knowing if we would be able to see anything. Luckily, we were not disappointed and sat a while.

 A photo of my brother, Charles, and his girlfriend, Ellen Lewis. Taken with my Canon.

A photo of my brother, Charles, and his girlfriend, Ellen Lewis. Taken with my Canon.

It’s so refreshing to feel truly guilt-free about enjoying my down-time! I haven’t been able to feel that way for quite a long time, and I’m grateful to have gotten a whole week of it with my family.

 Here is my dad making our fortress impenetrable.

Here is my dad making our fortress impenetrable.