Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:23 AM.

“It really has become a full circle,” Lowry said. “We are all on different levels in this ride we call a roller coaster. We have cooked, ate, cried, laughed. The compassion you feel, the empathy you feel. It is a sisterhood, networking, giving back.

“And now being able to reach down and lift someone up and say, ‘You’ll get through this.’ It has been such a fulfilling experience. And from that experience, it puts things in perspective.”

The perspective comes in significant layers via education, lessons the sisters have not only absorbed but disseminated, the ripples now spreading, literally, across the globe.

“I felt very clueless, newbie is appropriate,” said Melanie Meadows of South Carolina, also on the original Semper Fi Sisters. “It is all totally new. It is not like sending your son off to college.

“When I walked through the door (at the Beach Blast) I knew I was in the right place. Having the support of women … who speak the same language, that was amazing. This year, being an official veteran’s mom … I feel I have a lot to share. I want to get that out. I also feel I have more to learn.”

That these women – 12 that first year, more than 70 last year and numbers unknown at press time this year – would find Port St. Joe was by happenstance, a grain of conversation that became a getaway castle.

But yet they have come to feel embraced by the community, by the kindness and kinship they feel in this bit of paradise.

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