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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Being a Love Bug Again

Nearly 18 years ago, my husband and I went to Clearwater, Florida for our honeymoon. We laid on the beach, while he tanned and I burned. I'm so fair you can just about see through my skin, LOL (I tell the ladies at the Lancome counter to give me the shade of foundation just above death ;-).

And we had the most romantic time ever.

I'm not sure if it's the sun or the surf or what, but the beach just seems to bring out the romantic in us. A few years ago, we started coming back to the Clearwater area (a little further south, actually now, to a quieter, more family friendly section of the gulf) for Spring Break. We bring the kids and do the same thing -- lay on the beach or by the pool while my husband tans and I, much smarter now, cover up with SPF 7000 and stay a shade above dead.

And we have the most romantic time ever.

It's like we got married all over again, every time we come here. I remember my wedding, the couple of weeks afterwards. We're all "kissy-kissy" as my grossed-out teen calls it. And we kiss a lot, much to the complete horror of our children who make gagging noises behind us. It's as if the beach has transported us back 18 years, and we've just walked out of the church, hand in hand and full of dreams for a bright future.

Every morning, we take a walk down the beach, hand in hand, and discuss our future. The sun is just coming up, the dolphins and swimming in the surf beside us, and we don't feel our age at all. We feel like we're in our early 20s again, and the whole world stretches ahead of us. For one week at least, we're newlyweds.

And we have the most romantic time ever.


Blogger Myrna said...

Shirley, that's so romantic. Well...except for the gagging noises, of course. LOL

Thank you for sharing. Makes me want to go to the beach. It's been too long.

April 3, 2008 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger Linda Goodnight said...

Wow, what a romantic couple you two are. I'm impressed....and a little jealous.

I have never been to the beach in my life. Now how sad is that? Go ahead. Feel sorry for me. LOL

April 3, 2008 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Sarita Leone said...

You made me smile. Love the "kissy kissy" description! Leave it to teenagers to come up with such a romantic description of true love!

Sounds lovely, all around.

April 4, 2008 at 3:55 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Oh-so-romantic Shirley! Too funny what your teen says though! I'm so happy you've found a place that transport you back to that newlywed period.

April 4, 2008 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Shirley Jump said...

Never been to the beach, Linda? Oh, my, you MUST go!! It's wonderful.

And thanks everyone -- it was awesome. DH and I want to go back already!


April 9, 2008 at 6:02 AM  

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