Yesterday Selim and I headed to Wallis Sands beach for a get together with some of my former Sant Bani classmates. We started to reconnect 10 years ago and since then we have met most years for one afternoon on a summer day, at a body of water. This year was the shortest drive for me, only 20 minutes.
I've known Thomas and Bev since 1975 and the others since 1977 or so. We grew up together, parted ways after high school, and later celebrated weddings and the birth of our children. While I have been on the periphery more than the center of this group, it is so easy to spend a few hours at the beach catching up on old times and diving right in to the here and now of our current lives. It is also nice that our kids are at ages where they can play together without much parent involvement.
Selim enjoyed playing the kids his age. He had so much fun in the water, and super time with a borrowed boogie board. He is my water boy!
After parting ways, Selim and I headed home to get our warm gear and then turn around and meet Nedim in Hampton for a cruise out to the Isle of Shoals sponsored by the Turkish American Cultural Center. We enjoyed perfect weather. The seas were calm and until the sun went down, a pleasant evening in the low 70s. When it got dark and we were full steam ahead to shore, the wind made it a bit nippy on the top deck.
The cruise was also part wedding reception. I don't think I would have wanted to wear my wedding dress on a fishing boat, just sayin'.
Selim was so tired from our 7 previous hours at the beach, that he fell asleep on the way back. Before my lap was his pillow, I got to take a few pictures of the light house and sunset over the ocean.
It was a full and great day.