“After we became a couple, she composed our time together. She planned days as if they were artistic events. One afternoon we went to Tybee Island for a picnic…She talked about ‘perfect moments.’ One such moment happened that afternoon; she’d been napping; I lay next to her, reading. She said, ‘I’ll always remember the sounds of the sea and of pages turning. For me they signify love.”
It’s Valentine’s Day and we are winding through central Georgia. The landscape rises and falls like waves on a gentle ocean and when we pass through Fort Valley, rows of peach and pecan trees stretch as far as the eye can see. Thick, hand-spun milkshakes at Lane’s are always a highlight of the drive.
Next, we roll through Savannah’s shadowy, cobbled streets- captivated by its historic squares and centuries-old live oaks, dripping with Spanish moss. Antebellum and French Colonial architecture, complete with ornate lace ironwork, surround us at nearly every turn. The “sweetheart of the south” is a wildly romantic city and one day we’d love to stop and stay…but not today.
No, this day, this Valentine’s Day, we’re headed back to one of our favorite places on earth: Tybee Island.
The directions are simple from Savannah. You just take US 80 east until you reach the beach.
And once you’re there: just B R E A T H E…and notice everything.
Spend countless moments looking at the water. Study its white-capped waves and notice how each one is different from the last. Watch for patterns and chance treasures…you never know what the surf might churn up.
When I think back on this Valentine’s Day, I will always remember the sea stars.
I will always remember the low country sunset, and the fresh local shrimp.
I will always remember the (matching) books we brought, and how excited we were to just sit and read them together.
When I think back on this Valentine’s Day, I’ll always remember the sounds of the sea and of pages turning. For me, they will always signify love.
(Thank you, Mermaid Diane, for allowing us to crash at Sea Stars and Key Lime Parrot for a few days. Our “babymoon” was Wonder-full, and we can hardly wait to introduce Sweet P to “sweet Tybee” later this year! XO)