Sunday, October 21, 2007

Beach Anniversary Weekend

I mentioned a while ago that the Husband and I were going away to celebrate our 20th anniversary (which was actually last month). After much deliberation and notes left pinned to the official "note peg" right in front of the door as you come in, we decided that a night at a beach would be perfect. Somewhere close (within half a day's drive) yet quiet, which was why we waited until what we hoped would be the off season. Eventually we remembered Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Fortunately, our hunch and the weather were both fabulous.

Surprisingly, the trip over the bridge on Rt. 50 on the far side of Annapolis was both uneventful and fast, even taking into account the traffic for the Navy home football game. For those of you who live outside of our area, this is a notorious traffic hangup spot on weekends. Anyhow, we managed a leisurely drive over to Chincoteague Island in enough time to register at the hotel (fortuitously located right outside the entreance to the National Wildlife Refuge (link in first paragraph above) and still have time to walk along the beach before dinner.

There were a few amateur surfers, anyone who tries to "surf" this far up the Atlantic Coast has to be an amateur. We laughed at them for wearing wetsuits in the warm water and because they persisted in trying to surf down the wave AFTER the curl had passed. The Husband, who once spent SIX WEEKS on Oahu playing soldier with the 25th ID, learned to gracefully fall off his surfboard on the North Shore of HI and judges all surfers by his teachers from that time. Yes, we were married then and no I couldn't go. I was stuck in freezing November Kansas with two young children and no money.

We found two empty horseshoe crab shells and watched a flock of tiny little birds hunt for sand crabs in the foamy surf- successfully. We marvelled at how much time has passed and how happy we are still. How time has both changed us and kept us the same. How our roles are changing this year. Our hopes for ourselves, for our relationship and for our children. I love the beach because you can see so clearly how far you have come and how far you have yet to travel. The vast and mysterious ocean provides both comfort and assurance and yet reminds you that time waits for no one.


CindyS said...

Congratulations again on 20 years of marriage! Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate.


Anonymous said...

22 Oct
So glad you had a wonderful week-end. I agree, the beach is where one can reminisce on time gone by and what the future will bring.
We enjoyed the children. Younger son playing the piano does wonders for my soul, reminding me how blessed I am to be able to listen to his beautiful playing and being able to hug his tears away.
Love, Ta Maman

Jenster said...

Sounds like a wonderful time for you both. I'm glad you were able to get away and have that time together. (and that grandma was able to enjoy the kids)

Congratulations on being HAPPILY married for 20 years! I get to say the same thing next June.

On one hand 20 years is a good, long time. On the other hand, when you're planning on being married 60, 70, maybe 80 years it's just a drop in the bucket! lol

Loved the post, Amanda. Thanks for sharing.