Captain and I had our first weekend away together since BB’s arrival. It was magical for me. Bittersweet for Captain. He almost couldn’t bring himself to come.
My friend’s wedding was in New Jersey and BB wasn’t invited through no fault of her own. I was going no matter what. Captain couldn’t decide. I tell him,
“It’s July 4th weekend on the Jersey Shore. This hotel is not cheap, you should come.”
“But what about BB?”
“She’ll be fine.”
As of the last 6 months she’s been beyond thrilled to spend time with her grandparents. Special treat for everyone!
My mom takes BB duty and I get Captain in the car with me headed for New Jersey. That’s when the magic started. No toddler in the car: absolute zen.
BB is great in the car, she can be happy for a couple hours. But what makes her happy is listening to the same song on repeat. Right now it’s “Shoo Fly.” That’s a 66 second song with a 3 second reprieve between repeats. The other day we listened to it for an hour.
With adult music and Captain asking if I’d heard anything from my mom every so often, we make our way South.
I had no idea, but the highlight for me of our 2 nights away was waking up in the morning with Captain, but without BB. To snuggle in bed and then enjoy a coffee and a muffin and another cup of coffee. I could’ve driven back home after that and been happy.
Neither of us having been to the Jersey Shore before, we’re on the lookout for poofy hair or any other sign that we’ve arrived. We see some half-naked people bent over on their front lawn, butts in the air, playing some drinking game. I tell Captain,
“We must be close.”
I ask my friend’s wife,
“Is this the Jersey Shore from the show?”
“No you have to go further South. This is the family friendly area.”
After our hours long breakfast, we take our butts to the beach. We’re surrounded by families. I watch parents and toddlers scuttle around. I miss BB. But watching the parents run after their kids is enough to make me ready for a nap. Or a swim and a nap. Or a swim and a nap and some lunch.
I can’t resist a junky souvenir shop. I want to return with something for BB. Captain and I settle on a lifted school bus. BB likes school buses and Captain likes vehicles that are lifted. It’s a win.
Captain and I head back to our bed and breakfast to get ready for the wedding. It’s 90 degrees and humid. The only way it’s bearable is to be is in the ocean or in the air conditioning. Our room is lovely. It’s also a renovated attic. All 3 of our window air conditioning units are cranked up. Captain packed his suit. We nix that.
I shower, walk to get my hair done at a salon around the corner and head back to the room. We dress, beat it out of there and walk several blocks to the party.
I start hugging people. What’s that smell? I go to the bathroom. I panic. I FORGOT DEODORANT! Of all the days and of all the places. I tell Captain,
“I think I should go back to the hotel and come right back.”
“I’m sure it’s not that bad.”
I link my arms around his neck like we’re reminiscing about our wedding.
“You know I don’t mind.”
“But what about everybody else? And there’s still 2 hours of dancing!”
“Why don’t you just wipe off in the bathroom?”
“There aren’t any paper towels and toilet paper won’t work. Oh I’ll use a napkin!”
I grab my cloth napkin which has a little pizza sauce on it. That’s gotta smell better than whatever I’ve got going on now. I soak the napkin in the sink and head to the last stall. I take a sponge bath. Not sure what to do with my cloth napkin and thinking I might need it again. I hang it on the hook.
I link my arms around Captain again, as if I can’t get enough. He tells me,
“Oh much better.”
I wipe off a couple more times and I survive the night. I didn’t make any new friends, but I didn’t lose any either.
After another decadent morning doing what used to be super normal, plus reapplying deodorant multiple times as if that’ll make up for last night, we head back for BB. In the middle of our 6 hour drive, Captain turns to me,
“Who’s sleeping with BB tonight?”
I give him a hard look. What’s his angle? He looks eager/anxious. I ask him,
“You want to sleep with her huh?”
“I won’t fight you for it.”