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Ocean Grove Main Avenue near Nagle's. July 26, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

Ocean Grove Main Avenue.  July 26, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.  Re-post 2016.

I remember the first time I ever visited this town, as if it were just yesterday. My spouse and I had the perfect day at the beach, enjoyed a fantastic dinner al fresco at the Sea Grass, then took a walk to the Boardwalk to smell that ocean breeze, hear those summer night’s crickets at work and then to walk back along the magically lit Main Avenue’s  trees to guide us to the Nagle’s line for an ice cream cone.

While waiting in line, our smiles widened as our spirits were in cloud nine listening to an older man singing songs to music played by a keyboardist, while in front of Nagles. People crowded around in their beach chairs, intently listening and appreciating this special slice of Ocean Grove heaven. We reached the window to retrieve our ice cream, and I made eye contact with the gentleman singing, as he sang to me–we both smiled at each other and I danced to his tune.

It was at that very moment…that soul to soul connected special moment that I blurted out to my spouse — that we were going to move into this town by the Spring.

On the first day of Spring, we bought our home and we continue to live happily ever after in this charming town.

I can’t exactly relive that most perfect simple day again, but we will try to create similar memories like those again and again.

—-Jennifer

KENNY VANCE and the PLANOTONES soundtrack of Looking For an Echo:

 

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