a weekend getaway

Author: angiem, 08 31st, 2009

After an early, misty morning trek to our favorite boulangerie for croissants and coffee, we decided that the best way to spend the weekend was at the beach. The husband and I have very opposing views of what constitutes a perfect day at the beach. I tend to be drawn to gloomy, stormy weather, relentless crashing waves and pelting rain. After an invigorating, brisk walk on the water’s edge, I look forward to the coziness of the beach cabin, with its crackling fire, mugs of hot coffee and cocoa, countless board games, and hours of staring at the incessant waves from the comfort of my wing chair, open book ignored in my lap.

The husband, on the other hand, wants scorching days where he can spread out his blanket and doze off to the lively chatter of kids playing in the sand and seagulls calling to each other. Later on, he wants to fly the kite with the kids, go in search of dripping ice cream cones, and have a game of beach volleyball, after which he’ll take another long nap.

But hey, we know a happy marriage takes a lot of work and compromise, so that’s exactly what we do.

The only clouds to be seen were far on the horizon, but the wind was picking up. We laid our blanket and bags down and the husband, sweatshirt zipped up, hood on, and went for a nap. I opened my book and started daydreaming. In another couple of weeks school would start, and shortly thereafter the preparations for the holidays.

And then the rain came in errant little plops at first, and then in great big ones. The mountain whose road we had meandered on, had donned a cap of foggy gray descending in waves, it seemed, down the side. We gathered our things and ran to our little cozy cabin where we quickly built a fire. Snuggled in our blankets, hot drinks in hand, we all agreed that we were in the perfect place to watch a summer storm push through.

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5 Responses to “a weekend getaway”

  1. Jena Says:

    Well it’s good you both agree to compromise. Both type of days at the beach sound lovely. I get hypnotyzed by the waves crashing against the shore. You wrote so eloquently, I almost felt the salt on my lips. But then that’s nothing new, now is it?
    Your little ones are adorable Angie. Took a look at your other blog. So delightful! Can we comment yet, or are you wanting to add more content before you invite comments?

  2. Dana Says:

    Beautifully written, makes me almost hear the waves crashing onto the sandy shore… hey we should do a game “weekend” soon.. at the beach.

    PS. When the rainy ;) season starts.

  3. Brittany Says:

    I am this moment dreaming of a cozy cabin at Cannon Beach. That sounds delightful. I am glad that both you and your family had a fun time.

  4. Ella Says:

    The Pacific Northwest has the most beautiful beaches in the United States. That jagged coastline is so breathtakingly beautiful, it is out of this world. Love your writing!

  5. Miss Cavendish Says:

    I love both the storms and the sun! And on PEI we had plenty of both this summer . . .

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