My husband and I were running down the beach in Morro Bay, chasing waves and I saw this gentleman standing so peacefully and watching the waves and taking it all in up the shore from us. My heart kind of sank and leapt out of my chest, because I wondered if he was lonely and wishes he had someone to share the moment with. So I ran up to him and asked if I could take his portrait as an excuse to talk to him. Mr. Robinson was so, so, so wonderful and thoughtful, sincere and loving. We talked for 20 minutes while baktash beachcombed. He told me how his wife had passed away the year before, and how much he missed her. He told me about how much he loves camping in his RV. And to this day I still remember exactly what he said before we parted ways, " You know, Layli, I love to come to the beach, to hear and see the ocean, it makes me feel so at peace, so happy, so content".
I need to do things like that more often. I think we all do. You never know how lonely people can be sometimes and how much it might make a difference to go show love to a total stranger. It made my heart feel good.
p.s. his trucker hat said "home is where you park it" with a drawing of an RV. totally rad.