Getaway

We hurried down to the docks, just the two of us, sneaking away from the busy-ness and worry of everyday life. Like teenagers skipping the last class of the day, we had closed our laptops, kissed our children, and left the dinner dishes and sleeping baby in Grandma’s capable hands. We giggled all the way to the car, rolling it out of the driveway silently so as not to alert the preschooler intent on his playdough creation with Grandpa. We laughed and talked as we drove through our neighborhood, the wrong way, away from our children at the end of the day. A bit of wistfulness as we passed the preschool where our child would soon attend quickly disapated as we talked about what the evening might hold in store for us. Ourselves.

For tonight was our night, and we would spend it together as the people we were once, as Sam and Chris*, not as the Mommy and Daddy we had become. It had been a long time since we’d shed those identities, just for a night, and gone out to play somewhere that wasn’t childproofed, kidsafe, and a delight for the under-five set. But we had decided that tonight was the night, and so off we went, to have a lovely last night together before chemo.

We arrived in Annapolis just before the tourists, or so I liked to think, and sat on the wall outside the Market Inn, eating takeout crab cakes and freshly made fudge. Laughing easily, we talked to strangers, smiled at babies, and told the purebreds that they were “good dogs” as they strutted by with tails held high. As the park began to fill up with the after-work crowd, we checked our watches and hurried down to the docks.

The cruise would be full tonight, as it is nearly every night, here at summer’s end. Each day, the Woodwind I and II make four trips out and around the Chesapeake Bay, sailing just far enough to give us citydwellers, suburbanites, and tourists a taste of the open sea. Then, with spray dotting our foreheads and wind whipping our shoulders, the crew turns around to take the laughing, happy group back to shore. A quick turn around the Naval Academy and some time floating gently home complete the trip.

And it was a beautiful trip. I don’t know how the crew maintains the magic, trip after trip, day after day, but the 2 hours we spent on the water that night were magical for us, a husband and wife, off playing hooky from their children.

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Crossposted at DC Metro Moms Blog, a brand-new blog for DC-area moms of all kinds. The only thing we all agree on is that we love our kids.

* You didn’t think I’d tell you WonderDaddy’s real name here, now, did you? Sorry, but no!

19 Responses to Getaway

  1. what a magical evening!

  2. Colleen says:

    Good for you!!! It sounds like you had a fabulous time.

  3. lavon says:

    I KNOW THAT YOUR NIGHT OUT WAS VERY SPECIAL. I’M HAPPY THAT YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY.
    KEEP THOSE SPIRITS UP. IT HAS GOT TO BE ONE OF, IF NOT, THE HARDEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE. JUST REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE IN SO MANY PRAYERS, AND AS FOR ME, THERE IS NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DO NOT THINK OF YOU AND YOUR LOVELY FAMILY

  4. magnetobold says:

    and again you have ruined my mascara…… What a truly magical evening. I really need to do something similar with my husband. One day. WhyMommy your blog always brightens my day and dampens my keyboard with bittersweet tears.
    Kelley
    http://magnetoboldtoo.wordpress.com

  5. christine says:

    i could just picture it, that beautiful night. i am so glad you did this together.

  6. Jacquie says:

    Sounds blissful!

  7. KillerBoob says:

    I’m so glad you two were able to get out and take some time for yourselves, away from teh treatment, not just the kids. You’re a wise, wise woman🙂

    Hang in there. Every crappy day down is one less to deal with in the future.

  8. Ha! Loved your little DC Metro Moms caveat: the only thing we agree on is that we love our kids!🙂

  9. Alice C says:

    We had a lovely holiday in the Chesapeake Bay area one year and went across the bridge which was awesome. We visited Newcastle and ate in a fabulous little restaurant – the name escapes me but it was on the corner of the central green. How lucky you are to live in such a beautiful part of the world.

  10. Jenster says:

    Ahhh… Sounds delightful. My hubby and I got away to Rhode Island this weekend without the kids. It was bliss. But we couldn’t wait to get back home to them. LOL

  11. Susan K says:

    How lovely, and how wonderful. I would love a night like that. Didn’t even manage the babysitter for my birthday, so we had a table for 4 at Cheeseburger in Paradise instead of the table for 2 at The Melting Pot.

    Sending love and strong thoughts your way. As always.

    Wait, though, Chris? I need to know what to call Why Daddy when I see him next at work. 🙂

  12. practiceliving says:

    Oh, that sounds like a wonderful night out!

  13. PunditMom says:

    There is something slightly magical about Annapolis. I always feel more like myself when I’ve been there.

  14. Katherine says:

    I had the same thing last night. My husband and I went to a friend’s house and drank wine and just talked. It’s not quite as eventful, but we really enjoyed ourselves.

  15. Char says:

    I love being whisked away on a night of just US….not Mom & Dad & child…..just us. We’ve made Date Night an institution around our house hiring a babysitter every other weekend so we can get out and do what WE want to do.

  16. Dawn says:

    oh man, sounds wonderful and I’m completely jealous! I’m so glad you got to do that together!🙂

  17. I could feel the spray on my face, reading this. Wonderful!

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