Monday, February 14, 2011

writing home

i could write about the circus.
the way the cotton candy smell danced around the stadium and the children smiled and spun their lighted wands in the air. the peanut shells at our feet and the trapeze artists with their eyeliner and glitter.

and i could write about the food we ate. 
the creamy ricotta cheese pizza, oreo ice cream and crispy scallops. the crab cake sandwich i waited for since last february. at that little cafe by the sea, with windows on every wall. the movie popcorn and pepsi. the sweet indulgence of vacation.

or i could write about the ocean.
the emptiness of the shore in winter. the shell fragments under my bare feet and the wet sand between my toes. holding my shoes by the side of my rolled up jeans. the warm, salty wind blowing my ponytail. 


or the images. the beautiful, unforgettable images.







but really, the best way to sum up this long weekend happened on the drive back.

i had my bare feet on the dashboard. my seat leaned back. i shut my eyes and felt the sun, hidden for so long. the darkness behind my eyelids turned to a shade of honey, then amber, then ruby. and i felt the warmth on my cheek.

i turned and looked over at robert, driving us home in the sunset. and i knew. this was my favorite part of the trip. driving home together. knowing that no matter how much fun we have on vacation, nothing beats the day-in, day-out beauty of our normal life and the happiness it brings us. and trips are awesome. but no hot tub, dinner special, or late check-out time can trump the simple joy of coming home.

and that's the only thing worth writing about at all.

24 comments:

Daydream Living said...

Hi Courtney,
Glad to see you enjoyed yourself, missed your writing though, Have a Happy Valentines day!
Maureen x

the southern hostess said...

You have me longing for a day at the beach now. Sounds like a wonderful trip!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your pictures are beautiful! And there is something to be said {and you did!} about coming home.

XO,
Jane

jeny said...

Beautifully written. No matter how bad my days are. My favorite part of any day is when we head upstairs for bed, its always together when one or the other is tired. That is home to me :)

Thisisme. said...

Such a beautiful written post vintch, and I loved the photos. So pleased you had that lovely break by the ocean, and I do envy you that sunshine. How wonderful!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i've never been to the circus. the food sounds amazing.

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

My heart just melted. What a gorgeous post and such lovely pictures too. I agree with you -- those little day-to-day moments with your love are the best ones of all. People forget that sometimes. Happy Valentine's Day!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Amen and then some. Sometimes when we get home from a trip or even a long drive, I tell my husband I don't want to get out of the car because that quiet uninterrupted time alone is delicious.

Ana* said...

I have never been to the circus but it sounds like you had a great time. The best part of going on trips is realizing home is where you belong.

Happy Valentine's Day, xo

Diana Smith said...

How fun!! I bet you had such a wonderful weekend. its nice to get away for a little bit and just be with the one you love! We were able to get alone on a date the other night!! It was wonderful!! Happy Valentines Day!

charla beth :) said...

what a sweet post :) nothing beats being in love.

happy valentine's day!

ruthy ann said...

I love this...nothing like a getaway with your love...mine comes up this weekend!

bethani said...

glad you had a wonderful getaway with your mister. that beach town is absolutely darling from the photos.. ♥

happy valentine's my friend!
ps. i will be sending you something. i've been a horrible pen pal friend here lately and i must recommit and get busy!

Kimbirdy said...

aw, so sweet! i love the feeling of being home after a long vacation. everything just feels so cozy and right.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

What a fun trip- So lovely to spend time with your love- I adore the photos you took- such a great eye you have!

Amanda Moury said...

I literally felt like I was at the beach with you, your writing is so vivid :) I'm longing for some vitamin D :) Happy love day!

Haley K said...

you never cease to amazing me with your beautiful, optimistic writing :) Your getaway sounded lovely! And I'm glad you the drive home was just as sweet, if not better :) Happy Valentine's day to you & your sweetheart!

Amber Blue Bird said...

circus food is the best, they serve just about everything fried which means its extra yummy :) I love the drives with my husband too, there is something very relaxing and reassuring about them

Emily said...

You write so incredibly beautiful. I love the circus it is so fun, i havent been in forever but you made me want to go! Glad you had a good time! Enjoy your valentines day :)

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

i think you could pretty much write about anything and i'm gob-smacked with joy over it! the way you see the world is pure bliss to me. how you described what it's like to "see" the sun behind closed eyes gives me the tingles.

i'm so happy you shared your photos lovely, they are great! happy v-day to you both. ♥

nadiine said...

this is soo sweet :) Its great you both had a good time!x

Shalyn said...

What a magical sounding weekend! I love roadtrips as well- they are usually my favorite part of vacation! Glad you had a good weekend!

love and life ♥ said...

Such a beautiful post & photos!!!! Hope you had a great time! xo

Peaches said...

I'm glad you had a nice vacation! It sounds like it was a wonderful getaway. I heart your pictures, they're vintage looking. :)

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