Today was my daughter’s first day of her new job assignment. For years she has worked 4 days a week, but has not had a full weekend off. Her new assignment allows her to have weekends, as well as one day off mid-week.
To celebrate we engaged in one of our favorite rituals. We decided to have lunch at a nearby beach we often go to when time is limited. We had egg and turkey sandwiches on a roll with coleslaw and Arnold Palmers. This sandwich choice has been a family favorite for a long time. And it must always be ordered from the same nearby deli.
I picked up our lunch from the deli and we met at the beach. We occupied one of the weathered, splintery benches on the deck of the bathhouse with a view of the harbor. This is a lovely view as it looks out through a channel toward the LI sound, includes a variety of boats both stationary and on the move, children playing on the beach and lots of people exercising their dogs.
Today was relatively quiet, though. The family with toddlers left quite soon after we arrived. A couple of guys showed up with their dogs, but they stayed near the shoreline. We had the place almost to ourselves as we sat gazing out toward the lighthouse and the LI Sound dreaming about the warmer weather.
We ate, drank, talked and sat like two turtles in the sun, enjoying every minute and every bite. And did I mention the delicious, fresh apple turnovers, also from the deli?