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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Perfect the Whole Time!


When my husband and I first got engaged we had planned on a honeymoon cruise. I lived in Tulsa, he lived in Duncan and it didn't take long for both of us to decide that a long distance, long engagement wasn't going to work for us. We moved things up and were married within weeks but still planned on taking the cruise when it was scheduled. By the time that time arrived, we were  putting our house up for sale so we decided to push the honeymoon back a little. 29 years and three kids later we still hadn't gotten around to taking our honeymoon. Finally one day last month my husband just bit the bullet and went to the travel agent and booked our honeymoon. Not only did he book it, but we actually took it. Who says we procrastinate? The day we left for our trip it was a whopping 1 degrees here. When we arrived at our destination in the Bahamas it was 86, very humid, and very cloudy. I had spent 29 years dreaming of sitting on the beach in the Bahamas with my toes in the sand. The first morning we woke up the temperature was probably high 60's to mid 70's. A carpet of gray clouds hung so low they swallowed up the horizon and the Bahama breeze was more like a gale force wind. Luckily I did think to throw in a
sweater in case the nights had a chill in the air, so that morning we put on the warmest clothes we had packed, stuffed a blanket from the closet into our backpack and headed for the beach. By golly I'd waited 29 years to lay out on the beach with my man and hail nor high waters were going to strip that away from me now! When we got to the beach we were surprised to find we had it all to ourselves except for a woman selling jewelry. She immediately started apologizing for the weather and assuring us it would clear up tomorrow. I told her we weren't worried about it because it was 1 degrees where we came from so this was a warm vacation for us.... She said.... "Oh good, as long as the two of you aren't discouraged honey,  that is a good thing." How could anyone be discouraged surrounded by the beauty of the Bahamas? We pulled our chase lounge chairs as close together as we could get them, wrapped the blanket around us and lay there listening to the magic sound of ocean waves hitting the shore... It was PERFECT!!  Later in the day another adventurous couple wondered down to the beach, picking up shells and enjoying the weather. That evening we ran into them
and found they were from Canada and although the weather hadn't been exactly what they were expecting for their first day there they were determined to make the most of it. The woman said... "When I saw the two of you laying on the beach, wrapped in a blanket up to your nose, I knew you were our kind of people." We had a wonderful vacation and as each day passed the weather got better and better. But as far as I was concerned, it was perfect the whole time!

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