Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sun, Sand, and the Eternal Houseguests

This is my first week on Cape Cod without company.  No, seriously. We’ve had company of some sort or another for nearly 22 days straight and more set to arrive at the end of the week.  I guess that is one of the hazards of living where people want to vacation.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and friends, but I crave . . . desire . . . absolutely need my own space.  Maybe it’s the slightly imbalanced writer in me.  So to reward myself for not completely losing it on my guests I did what most year-round residents never do during the height of the tourist season – I went to the beach.  I grabbed some pizzas, a jug of lemonade, the kids sand toys, and headed down to the beach for dinner.

Much to my surprise, about forty minutes into my cherished unwind time my husband showed up, dessert and wine in tow. The sheer fact that he came spoke volumes.  See my husband doesn’t do crowds or sand – funny since it was his desire to live at the Beach Mecca of the East Coast.  He handed out dessert and sank into the chair next to me with nothing more then a smile and a fantastic and well appreciated offer of Merlot.  With the exception of the intermittent “where are the kids” comment we didn’t speak, just sat there staring out over the ocean.

It was dark when we got home and the kids literally fell into bed, sandy feet and all.  He poured me another glass of wine, popped in a movie for himself, and left me alone to bang out the three chapters that have been churning in my head since my doorbell first rang.

It was a good ending to a crazy three weeks.  Now I'm off to clean the house, scour my cookbooks for more entertaining recipes, and have everything in place for when the next round of house guests arrives on Friday.  Wish me luck!


  1. Isn't it funny how we sometimes need a vacation...from our vacation?

  2. That sounds like a beautiful and perfect summer night. Tired, sandy kids, a glass of wine and a beautiful sunset. Glad you got a reprieve from your guests and can recharge for round number. . . what would it be?

  3. I'm glad that you found a little 'me' time. That time is really hard to find and very precious. Good luck on your chapters.