My Seaside Story

For 30 years, our dream for Seaside has been the dream we have for life itself.  Simplicity, grace, elegance. Fashions have changed. Wars have come and gone.  And a wave of technology has changed the way we exist. But the fact remains that Seaside reminds us of what is truly real and significant in life. A simple connection to family and friends and the world around us. The story of Seaside is the story of lives touched by this simple philosophy. We are all Seaside, because we all share the same dream.  And, perhaps, Seaside continues to help us live that dream. The dream of a simple, beautiful life. These are our Seaside stories. Stories of laughter and sadness. Romance and loneliness. Families and friends. Traditions and discoveries. My Seaside Story is a yearlong storytelling experience, a setting for us to share our stories. For the past three decades, hundreds and hundreds of them have washed ashore.

What is your Seaside story?

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Mom’s Last Trip

Posted on October 4th at 1:19 am 4 Comments


I want to share a story of true love of a place where my Mother felt at home! I brought my Mother many times to Seaside with my family over the past 14 years.  But the 2009 trip will be our most memorable – we didn’t know it but it was to be her last trip.  I remember her drive to do everything as she always did before – ride the bikes (of course with oxygen on her back), come to the ocean, paint pottery, etc…  Nothing stopped her from enjoying herself.  The pictures I took of that trip will be with all of us forever – you can tell from the smile on her face to the “many” Seaside t-shirts she owned that she felt at home here!

My Mother passed away August 2010 and when my Sister and I were thinking of what we should bury her in – we decided on the Seaside shirt (in the picture) along with her white shorts – just like she was still on the beach. I know she wouldn’t have wanted it any other way, she loved Seaside!

Thank you for making Seaside a place where people fall in love with the idea of stopping, relaxing and just being themselves, because she did just that when she visited!

Rebecca Ratikiewicz – Houston, TX

4 Responses to Mom’s Last Trip

  1. Kathy Walker says:

    Yes, my sister, Sarah, loved to visit Seaside, and since she was excellent at savoring wonderful moments, she thrived while there. I think she loved her Seaside T-shirts because they reminded her of a place of freedom from life’s demands, a place where she could embrace her family and enjoy GOD’s handiwork. Thanks, Rebecca.

  2. Pat says:

    That is a beautiful story and a beautiful photo! Nice to find this on Thanksgiving – Glad to hear mention of God in your comentary… for as Christians, we have hope with expectation of heaven eternal :0) Wonder if I’ll meet your momma one day – I’ll know her cause of the t-shirt!
    Blessings and let us know if we can host you at the beach next trip.

  3. Dea Green says:

    It is a wonderful moment in time when families can go on trips together enjoying just being together making precious memories. I’m soo glad that I got to experience those times with my parents, my husband’s parents being with me & my husband & our children both at the Beach & in Gatlinburg! Cherished memories!

  4. Marie Valadez says:

    Such a sweet story..hope my daughters bury me like that! Also, wonderful picture!

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