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Flashback Friday — Freezing Time

August 2002, Catherine at Seagull Beach, Yarmouth, MA.

August 2002, Catherine at Seagull Beach, Yarmouth, MA.

Our Cape Cod vacations were the best — feeding the heart and soul year after year.

Basil and I started the annual pilgrimages when we were still dating, heading north Labor Day weekend, then staying on after the crowds crossed the bridge and some quiet had descended.

We stopped for a while after Catherine was born, back when the days were a blur of diapers and feedings punctuated by nap time. But when she was in first grade, we ventured back for our first family vacation.

It started a new August tradition.

For months we would plan the trip, first staying in our favorite motel, the one with two pools in which to enjoy a lazy afternoon break time, and later renting the same little home each year.

Funny, but much as we tried to be spontaneous, the trips always had the same rhythm:

  • mini-golf at Pirates Cove
  • chowdah at Captain Parker’s
  • a stroll on Seagull Beach
  • onion rings from Liam’s Clam Shack at Nauset Beach after a day of body surfing
  • a day in P-town (which once coincided with the gay pride parade, an event that still makes us smile, especially when remembering the backless chaps one fellow rocked)
  • a visit to Chatham that always included a peek at the fish pier, a check to see how the sea had changed the landscape at Chatham Light, and a lime rickey from Buffy’s Ice Cream shop
  • a Basil-Catherine spin in the paddle boats in Dennis while I sat on shore with a good book
  • fish and chips at Baxter’s Boathouse, where we once were thrilled to see a small boat named Catherine

As much fun as we always had, it’s been several years since we’ve loaded the car, headed to Providence and hung a right.

The trip has been set aside each year for a variety of reasons. We won’t make it this year, either, since we’re in college search mode.

My heart will be there, though.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


12 thoughts on “Flashback Friday — Freezing Time

  1. I miss the food Terri. Since we lived there for so long, we’ve seen and done everything too many times already. But the food from the Cape is like no other. What I would give for a fried clam plate about now. Even the basics are different; a glass of Hood milk or a sandwich with Cain’s Mayonnaise. [sigh]

    Posted by J T Weaver | October 2, 2013, 11:53 am
  2. I’d love a vacation on the Cape. It’s one of my favorite places, just wish I could convince Bill of it. He’s more enamored of Rehobeth Beach. His Aunt Jinny lived in Orleans, and had a guest house. We’d bring the kids up for a week, and always had a wonderful time. Beach in the morning, Crystal Lake in the afternoon. Jinny and Bill had a rowboat the boys would use on the lake. Such fantastic memories! The guest house isn’t inhabitable any more; and Jinny and Bill are long gone, but his cousin lives in the house now. Darn, now I want to get in the car and head to the Cape!

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | August 2, 2013, 12:56 pm
  3. I know what you mean that your “heart will be there”. Our family also had an annual vacation spot, in the White Mountains. I have found that as the years have gone on, and the kids have grown up, its too sad for me to go back there every year. I seem to hear the “ghost voices” of my children’s little kid days. Too many sweet memories; I need to let it go.
    I hope that you can find a way to keep the tradition alive!!

    Posted by momshieb | August 2, 2013, 8:36 am
  4. awwww…hope you make it there next year 🙂

    Posted by Miss Fanny P | August 2, 2013, 7:55 am

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