The Longboat Key tradition continued as I grew older. But as each year passed, members of my family phased in and out, often kept away from the island due to different obligations. Despite some years where our party was a mere four people, the theme of our stay remained the same. The island was a place for reunion, a rejuvenating microcosm where the entire family seemed to become one, again. Bound by the sound of the waves and the feel of the sand, my family was consistently enriched by Longboat Key, its poetic nuance and its playful capacity strengthening our bonds. For me, it was a special place like no other.