Monday, August 17, 2009

Moment-o-us

Salty and sassy, the musk of the ocean teases our noses with an innocent smile. Evening sun caresses our faces with its warm fingers, playfully enticing us into its mystery. Breathing deep, we surrender to the embrace...

A rare evening, just the two of us, T and I decide to walk to dinner so we take off out of the hotel on foot. Across the street there is this Irish pub called Sla'inte, which apparently means health. The challenge is to get to health, we have to cross an eight lane thoroughfare, reminiscent of Frogger, forcing us to wait an inordinate amount of time for the signal to change then sprint to stay ahead of traffic.

The food isn't great, but that's not the point, as we share knowing smiles and chat about how the weekend is going, life and other unimportant things. Finishing our meal, we prepare to return to the hotel only to find the sky has opened, pouring sheet after sheet of rain. No car, no umbrella, we are faced with waiting it out or getting wet.

Without a backward glance, hand in hand we push into the rain, not because we have any pressing appointment, but because sometimes its fun to play in the rain. Grace clears the way, giving us favor with the lights at the crossing as we skip through the puddles. Soft laughter precedes our rain slick lips meeting, sharing warmth amid the cool drops.

Perfect moments happen in the most imperfect circumstances.

Easily they slip through our fingers, ruined by everything going on around us, until we realise that's not what its all about.

Not rain.

Not bland food.

Not traffic.

Because if it is, you're going to be sorely disappointed...

In moments like these.

36 comments:

Maggie May said...

You do write in a very lovely way.
Yes, it is the unexpected things that provide pleasure. You cannot always plan it.

Sarah Lulu said...

That was so lovely it brought a tear to my eye.

Alan Burnett said...

Yes, all the best memories are of small inconsequential things. Very well written.

Baino said...

OH you! If you weren't taken I'd be on a plane tomorrow! So what are your faults Mr? C'mon . . .surely! Really? None? I bet you don't replace the toilet roll or leave the seat up?

Daniel said...

Sweet post that reminds us all where the important things are to be found. Sounds like a wonderful evening.

Gaston Studio said...

I love to skip and play in the rain and have taught my grandchildren to do the same! A wonderful telling of a wonderful moment.

Wings said...

So true...

Vodka Mom said...

it really is the tiny moment that provides the most joy....

Brad said...

Awesome post Brian!

Brian Miller said...

@maggie - no, you can not. when we try to orchestrate them...it just loses something...

@sara - smiles. hopefully good ones...

@AB - yes, they are.

@baino - oh, i have my faults which leak out occassionally...i probably forget to put the seat up...smiles.

@daniel - yes, it think so...

@gaston - playing in the rain is pure joy...

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Beautiful! Time spent together is the most precious time of all...cherish it.

Hit 40 said...

Beautiful moment and memory that you captured in words.

Goofball said...

aaaah I love the embrace by the evening sun and the smell of the see(even though I don't know the word sassy....but I'm sure it's a perfect word to describe the smell of the sea).


haha, jumping through puddles in the rain can be awesome (on the condition you don't have to stay in the rain for a very very long time though). And you forget to add that coming home totally soaked and then changing into soft dry comfortable clothes can be heavenly as well!

Jill said...

"Perfect moments happen in the most imperfect circumstances."
--so true...and I am glad to read this on a Monday...so lovely...thanks.

jaynesartforall@yahoo.com said...

So nice... -Jayne

willow said...

We will be sorely disappointed if we look for what we think is perfection in life. In fact, the imperfect happenings are sometimes the most beautiful. There is loveliness in the unexpected. I loved this post, Brian.

Betsy said...

Beauty in the ordinary, simple things....love this very much!

An Open Heart said...

AAAHHHHHhhhhhhhh....loveliness.
S

Kathy's Klothesline said...

A timely reminder to embrace the moment! Love of my life just delivered a fresh hot cup of coffee along with a kiss. I will embrace this simple joy today.

Valerie said...

Oh YES, I liked this IMMENSELY. I felt part of the scene as you skipped through puddles, dodging raindrops, enjoying the euphoria of the occasion. Brilliant!

Aly Beth said...

You just took me away for two minutes. Thank you!

~Aly

Lorraine said...

You know what's real, and you'll get NO argument out of me ;)

Kate Hanley said...

What a wonderful reminder! Thanks.

Tom said...

awww...you know, I can't take my wife out in the rain; she's so sweet that she'd melt!

Cinnamon said...

You capture the awesome beauty of your special relationship so well. *smiles*

Toni said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog!
What a beautifully written post that lets everyone know you can find the important things in the most 'un-important' situations!

Ronda Laveen said...

Sometimes the worst of times can be the best

Ronda Laveen said...

Sometimes the worst of times can be the best

otin said...

I felt I was in the middle of some romantic movie!

Pastor Sharon said...

Brian that was lovely. I'm glad you guys enjoyed the moment in the rain! That was beautiful!

Colette Amelia said...

sometimes the inoppertune moments are the grand times! And when they happen you gotta catch them while they are there!

So good you have someone who has the courage and fun to grab them with you!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Ohhhhhh! Major goosebumps!! Thank you for sharing such a perfect moment with us!

♥ Braja said...

Sounds wonderful....

Candie Bracci said...

This is so beautiful Brian!Ah no romantic never dies!:)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

So wise. I need to remember this sort of thing more.

The Retired One said...

Absolutely!
I hope what followed was a pillow fight...and ummmm...well....other pleasures!