We floated

One, two…fourteen…twenty…thirty-seven stars.

We floated there, on our backs, quietly counting them.

Night after night before our wedding, hopping over the low fence in front of our room to float on our backs in the Caribbean Sea.

Craig’s fingers so close to mine, touching, yet not grasping.

Dark, but for a few twinkling lights in the restaurant.

Silent, but for our dreams, spoken there, as we were but buoys in the gentle water.

There is beauty in words spoken in the darkness…words carried by the air between us.

There in the darkness, his words, forever…happiness…promise.

Mine…echoed back, gratitude…love…always.

We floated there, in those calm, lapping waters and listened…to each other, to the water, to our hearts.

His fingers so close to mine, touching, yet not grasping.

Before our children, our world was filled with dreams, with hopes, with plans, with only each other.

We floated.

I love yous.

And, the stars faded before our eyes…

Thirty…twenty-two…twelve…three.

Then rain, so soft, it began as mist. So gentle, so quiet.

Eyes closed, silent smiles, and love.

We floated.

This post is linked up with The Red Dress Club.
The prompt for this week was “Water gives life. It also takes it away.”

73 comments

  1. Well, now, see? How hard was that? :)

    Very nice post. Good job!

  2. tsonoda148

    Ohhhhhhhh, takes me back a few years, to a good place. Thanks for that! Dreamy, lovely, romantic. Much to love about this post!

  3. @2bKate twitter.com/2bKate

    Amazing … I love your interpretation of the prompt!

  4. Stasha ponderingsofmom.blogspot.com

    Beautiful. Simply beautiful!

    What a lovely memory to capture.

  5. Carrie viewsfromnature.com

    so romantic…your life could be a fairytale :)

    I love it, as always!

  6. Tracie fromtracie.com

    It is simple, yet very full.

    So beautiful.

  7. Kate Hayes adventuresinparenting.me

    That is a beautiful post! I almost felt like I was right there with you (in a non-intrusive sort of way). Well done!

  8. TheJackB thejackb.com

    We floated there, in those calm, lapping waters and listened…to each other, to the water, to our hearts.

    His fingers so close to mine, touching, yet not grasping.

    That was my favorite part.

  9. Yuliya shesuggests.com/

    Oh gorgeous. "Silent but for our dreams" swoon.
    On an (un)related note, mama needs a vacation!

  10. Tonya lettersforlucas.com

    I do believe you and Craig breathed life into each other when you met and fell in love. Beautiful. I espcially love the counting of the stars. :)

  11. Such a tender and romantic post. There is a sweet splendor in those words.

  12. Dreamy… so so dreamy. Like a perfect love story- the ones we still hold onto even as we grow in this cynical world. Just beautiful.

  13. Jackie withjustabitofmagic.com

    What a beautiful, romantic memory that you worked so well into the prompt.

    Have you been back since your wedding?

  14. Jen Has A Pen jenhasapen.com

    I have been struggling with this prompt (to the point I didn't do it) but I always read your stuff and think, "How does she do that time after time?" Every post is so beautifully written. Yes, even "fishy fishy". :-)

  15. tracy sellabitmum.com

    So simple. So beautiful. So perfect.

  16. bywordofmouth

    A new beginning, just the two of you … a rebirth.
    Beautiful.

  17. What beautiful imagery and a gentle, lovely read.

  18. ash shadesofblueandgreen.com/

    Nothing, nothing, better than floating on your back in the ocean, especially with the one you love – well done (on this and your husband ;-)

  19. Beautiful post, thank you for sharing this. Transported me back to our pre-parent days and the simplicity of coupledom :D

  20. Veronica mayangelstar.com

    That tranquility under the stars, with the love of your life, floating in that setting. Pure romance!

  21. What a peaceful way to fall into this week's prompt! This is beautiful. Floating on the water and rain, so gentle and promising and warm. I love it.

  22. I love that you interpreted the prompt to be about water giving life to love and marriage and dreams. Such a sweet lyrical piece. I wish I could offer some crit back to you, but I can't. This piece made me purr with happiness.

  23. Ericka Clay erickaclay.com

    Utterly powerful in the most beautiful way. And it's sad, too. How the stars fade, things change and even though reality is often sweet, sometimes the past seems sweeter. How you've captured that in such a short piece is masterful.

  24. angel singedwingangel.blogspot.com

    ahh man .. Young love can be so wonderful then life smacks ya in the gut with a sucker punch sometimes doesn't it. I think you just described marriage and dating so accurately here..

  25. Evonne julesoutloud.blogspot.com

    What a beautiful post. It makes me smile. Water is sometimes more powerful that we realize.

  26. Such a great moment to recall and relive. Beautifully written!

  27. Makes me want to go skinny dipping! great writing!

  28. CaitsConcepts

    Beautiful imagery.. This was very calming to read. I loved it!

  29. See? I knew you could do it.

    Beautiful.

  30. @kmulkey007 twitter.com/kmulkey007

    Your posts are always so sweet. I could feel myself floating there with you. All three of us. Ha!

  31. mamachaplin

    I think this might be be my favorite post of yours. Love love love.

  32. KLZ taminginsanity.com

    I think water is the most calming element there is. I am so glad you guys did this theme!

  33. CDG

    So beautiful, Nichole. Spare and soothing.

  34. Stacey staceysmotheringmoments.com

    Very beautiful and peaceful. Nicely done!

  35. Kristy pampersandpinot.com

    I really loved this! So sweet. Makes me think of the times my husband and I have floated around in the ocean as well. Well, I like to float, and my husband marvels at my floating abilities.

  36. Samantha multiplemayhemmamma.com

    Lovely post, very evocative! Wonderful writing!!

  37. So so pretty, dear one.

    Pretty and….heavy.

    Does that make sense?

    Heady, maybe, is the better word.

    Like perfume.

  38. This reads like poetry. I really enjoyed the floating metaphor.

    Stopping by from TRDC.

  39. Pamela spermiestyle.com

    I love your deconstruction of the prompt. Just like hope floats, so does love.

  40. Elaine misselaineous.com

    It's a beautiful poem. At least that's how I write poems. So very lovely.

  41. Natalie mommyofamonster.com

    Beautiful, romantic, warmth…I loved what you did with the prompt!

  42. Mad Woman adiaryofamadwoman.com

    Thank you for taking me to YOUR happy place. I won't get all creepy and try to invade that memory but you took me there. Thank you.

  43. Mandyland inmandyland.com

    Oh I loved this! It was so…gentle. And calm and still. Beautiful.

  44. wantapeanutblog

    Awwww.
    And ahhhhh.

    So sweet and so quiet.

  45. Sarafree oururbanvillage.com

    Beautiful and romantic! Makes me miss the simplicities that me and the hubs had before all the kiddos.

  46. @amyplus1x3 twitter.com/amyplus1x3

    What a beautiful piece. Its so quiet. Very nice!

  47. so beautiful…i could almost picture it. You definitly have a way with words…and I love your simple pieces, almost like poetry.

  48. Jaime ainsleylynn.blogspot.com

    I remember when Clif and I were on our honeymoon in Jamaica, he loved to float out in the water. I am not much of a water person. His favorite time to do this was during rain. And it rained at least for a few minutes every day. The second day he convinced me to join him and it was amazing. It was just like being surrounded by water and gentle splashes coming from above and below and the side. Awesome! This post totally brought back those memories.

  49. JDaniel4's Mom jdaniel4smom.com

    What a beautiful image! I love the idea of floating while looking at the stars. I yearn to do this too.

  50. Mandy tempestbeauty.com

    Love it. I felt like I was there in the water. Beautifully written :)

  51. Cheryl @ Mommypants mommypants.com

    "There is beauty in words spoken in the darkness…words carried by the air between us."

    Happy sighs.

    Swoons, too.

  52. andygirl

    superb. utterly lovely. I wanted to be there in that moment.

  53. So sweet and beautiful!

  54. So glad you finished it. What a beautiful moment to share and you articulate it so well. Really lovely writing.

  55. Just beautiful! I felt like I was floating too.

  56. kris

    See?

    I told you so.

  57. Karen timecrafted.blogspot.com

    So peaceful. Love the counting up and then back down again, beautiful! :>

  58. JDareG

    I feel as if I am in that water, floating. You took me back to the nights before my wedding in St Lucia. Sweet post. Glad u found your inspiration.

  59. @sharmstro twitter.com/sharmstro

    Another post where I found myself holding my breath.
    wow.. just wow… so beautiful

  60. Sherri

    Oh, so late to this wonderful comment party! What beautiful words, especially lovely since Craig's post was so recent…..such an awesome, romantic memory for you two.

  61. Mrs. Jen B misadventuresofmrsb.com

    Wow – how lovely. I wanted to be there with you. Well, not "with" you, because that was your special moment and I would feel weird if I was there. You know what I mean.

  62. Rachel mommyneedsavacation.com

    I love what you did with this prompt! Beautiful and oh so romantic!! Just making me yearn for Belize even more!!!!

  63. Your words are gorgeous and a pleasure to read.

  64. feeling the love and imagery … picturing it in my head. ^_^

  65. Your prose verges on poetry it is so sparce and impactful. I love it. Well done.

    amy (just reading trdc this week)

  66. Angie thelittlemumma.typepad.com

    An incredibly pretty piece. Loved it.

  67. Kelly momgotblog.com

    Lovely.

    My childhood friend and I used to do the same thing only we were laying on horseback and in the middle of a farm. Not the same as the Carribean or with my spouse, but…the same in that two little girls shared and offered up their dreams to the stars.

    Very nice post!!

  68. C.mom ciaomom.com

    Stunning image.loved the decription of your fingers, close but not touching.

  69. MamaRobinJ

    So beautiful. I know just how that must have felt.

  70. tulpenelefanten

    So dreamllike. I could feel the warm water and see the stars… there is nothing like letting the ocean cradle you… loved this.

  71. Lydia squidmom.com

    This was really, really beautiful just a lovely memory. I love how the word remind me of ripples in water. Love where you went with this prompt, water and a life together beginning.

  72. Simply beautiful. I want to float under the stars in the Caribbean!

  73. ksluiter

    I love the poetry of this image. Love the simplicity and ease of it.

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