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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Joyful E-M-Ocean

We are at the beginning of our two week stint on Cape Cod, but this time, in a house that has “Internyet.” So I have to use my parents’ DSL connection in order to get my fix. Luckily, the whole world seems to be on vacation now, too, because I have been getting almost no email, just from friends, the best kind.

We stayed in this house last August. It is one year old now, still pristine, all white inside, black granite counters in kitchen, windows everywhere, and a view of the saltmarsh and sunset. The decor is similar to my taste: a lot of seagreen and periwinkle, so all my sheets and towels match and it is just a tasty melange of pastels. Makes me want to cook (just a little, and seafood, of course); the bed is so soft it makes me want to nap! But then again, just about every surface has that effect on me. Unfortunately the bed has a noisy headboard, which can be annoying to say the least.

This morning I rode my bike to my parents’ house with Max, on the new bike they bought him for eighth grade graduation. We used the Internet, and then I rode with my parents a little to Coast Guard Beach, and then I rode back to the rental with Nat. I was so proud of my boys on bikes! Nat is so aware of traffic and other bike etiquette. He actually maintains better space than Max, who rides too close behind me. Once I had a sudden stop and he crashed into me, but he still hasn’t learned! Nat on the other hand did a fantastic job looking for cars, listening to directions, pumping up hills. At one point I was just about bursting open with pride, just leaking it, and when we crossed the highway safely, I yelled out, “Yeah, and he’s autistic!” with a big thumbs up. I could not help myself. I was grinning at everyone sitting there in their cars, wanting them all to know: don’t you dare assume anything about my kid! (Except good things.)

Today we went to Benji’s beach choice. He has been nudging us about it for weeks: the beach with the big dune, that you’re allowed to run down. He means White Crest Beach in Wellfleet, which is not part of the National Seashore, and is unprotected and oh-so-laid back, a la Wellfleet itself. Accessible dunes, only one (very mellow) lifeguard, even a couple smoking pot nearby. Very different from Nauset Light’s straight up crowd. I enjoy both, frankly. I am really thankful for the National Seashore and in fact the entire National Park system, created by Teddy Roosevelt, but the National Seashore was founded by the Kennedys. Its loveliness will be protected forever. Another reason I love them!

But today, as I said, we were Fed-free. This beach will not live forever; Wellfleet is having terrible erosion problems. But they are not doing anything about it. So, okay, let’s all live for the moment. We were there during high tide, so the waves just rolled right in, very deep and high, a delight to float in. Sixty-three degrees, practically like Florida! Benj and Max had a blast on the dune, and I enjoyed watching them cavort. Nat did not enjoy the beach much because with his thin frame, the water was still too cold. We tried sharing a boogie board and floating together, but the poor guy was shuddering, so I sent him out. He sat in the chair with the i-Pod.

I found a charred log nearby and posed behind it, trying to look like a well-done roasted Mermaid!


Did someone say pot? Did your kids get to smell it? Heheheh..If I didn’t read about your vacations, I wouldn’t know what one was at all. You all look awesome as usual. By the way, every time I hear “Ridin’ Dirty” now I think of you. 😛

— added by mrs. gilb on Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 7:18 pm

Hi Susan et al!
I love the picture of Mad Benji flying through the air. Makes me giggle eveytime I see it. It looks like something from Calvin and Hobbes. I made it my desktop picture– “Happy Summers of Youth!”

— added by Sarai on Monday, August 14, 2006 at 11:59 am

Hmm..I thought it was just a given that I put Susan’s kids on my desktop. I always fail to mention a thing.

— added by mrs. gilb on Monday, August 14, 2006 at 5:51 pm

Okay, since no one has yet said it, I will:

Susan looks HOT in a bikini.

There, I did the manly thing, and said what was on my mind. And since she’s older than me, I can get away with mentioning it without soundling like a dirty old man.

Anton – dirty young? man?

— added by Anton on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 4:00 pm

Susan has a good bod. 🙂

It’s been years since I’ve been to Cape Cod (14?), but I went frequently in my childhood, not quite as frequently in my adolescence. The Cape Cod posts are bringing back good memories. Thanks!

— added by Julia on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 11:06 pm

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