It was a surprise long-awaited. After months of planning and training and waiting for him to come home, he was here and our week-long leave was already off to a sparkling start.
Packed for a beach weekend getaway, we hopped in the car for our short ride to the unknown location. Eager, and excited to finally have some alone time, relax and bask in the joy of each other after being apart for the past few months; I could barely keep my eyes on the road with him sitting in the passenger seat.
As we approached the small beach town, I noticed amazingly beautiful views engulfing both sides of the small, two lane street. Half million dollar homes stood tall on their wooden stilts yet seemed so small in front of such a vast backdrop of the ocean beneath a cloudless sky.
I drove slow, not knowing when we’d stop, when we’d arrive. My beau, spoke no words except for a crooked smile knowing my shock was well worth his silence. We drove and drove until the road almost ended where the curve of the ocean began. At a main gate marked “Military Personnel Only” he got out and opened the gate so I could pull the car through. Back in the car he instructed me to “drive to chalet # 16” As we approached the 2 bedroom villa, my breath was caught by the sight of the sun over the ocean channel only steps from our front porch, and just behind it, the infinite ocean spread around us with 260 degrees of beauty. I jumped in his arms in sheer exhilaration of what my amazing husband had pulled off. “How did you find this place?” I exclaimed while hustling inside to see our private and reserved space. “This was one of the places I was thinking about proposing to you at, so I guess I always wanted to take you here” My heart, spinning and rapidly beating from his response, I ran into every room taking in every inch of this moment.
A huge kitchen and dining room combo was open to the adjacent living room donned with oversized furniture and two full walls of windows overlooking the ocean channel. Two cozy bedrooms complete with an intoxicating sea breeze and a backyard equipped with a grill ready for our yummy creations.
The next two days seem now to me like a fantastic dream. We grilled every night outside, played at the beach and watched children boogie board in the 4 foot waves. We took walks and he stood guard as I wandered off and collected wishing rocks. A passerby took a sunset picture of us; a memory burned onto paper that now we will forever have.
Naps in the room with a silent breeze grazing over us felt like heaven on a cloud in his arms. Whiskey and vodka at night, games and grilling; fun, laughter and jokes. There were times when I just sat back and looked at him, amazed at how amazing of a human he is, and how much I knew I’d miss him once he deployed and left me here in the states for an entire year.
But down there, down on that peninsula in Scituate, surrounded by the waves, oceans of songbirds and sweet, salty air, upcoming deployments were the farthest thing from our minds. We were simply there, together, in the moment, loving every bite of life and every morsel of time we had there, together.
For breakfast we ate at the Corner Café in Humarock. A small bistro breakfast place serving up some of the best eats we’ve ever had before noon. Cathy, our server, was more like a gracious aunt with a warm smile who completed the package of the perfect quaint unknown beach town. After our time there was up, sad to have to go, disappointed that our dreamy beach days had come to an end, we still left refreshed, happy and ready to continue on in our week of craziness and fun.
Although he is far overseas now, serving our country, doing what he has to do, I still go back to 4thCliff in Scituate almost weekly. Driving past Chalet # 16, it reminds me of him, makes me smile and feel closer to him. I see us running to the rocks together, grilling in the back yard and playing games on the dining room table. I can almost smell his intoxicating scent and it warms my heart to the deepest part of my soul.
I miss him terribly every day, but no matter where he is, or where I am or however far apart we are, we will always have 4thCliff.