Nearly a year after the wedding we finally got our honeymoon!
Xander and I decided to travel to Sunlit Tides. He really tried to convince me that France was the way to go but in light of my past I felt that France and my husband should not meet.
We got a suite in an amazing resort right on the ocean. Contrary to most newlyweds we weren’t planning on spending the whole trip in our room. In fact, we spent only a few hours a day together each day.
Xander was totally obsessed with learning how to surf. He tried windsurfing, regular surfing. He practiced on the ocean and in the pool. It was funny because it was all he talked about even though he wasn’t very good at it yet.
I, on the other hand, was eager to learn how to snorkel. I remember the seashells mom collected when I was a kid but Starlight Shores had limited sea life. There was a bounty of underwater critters here and they even offered lessons on how to snorkel (the hotel, not the critters). I jumped at the chance when the concierge asked if I wanted to sign up with their trainer.
We did manage to spend some time together. One evening Xander rented a boat and we went on our own mini sunset cruise. We had heard rumors of secret islands but we didn’t find any. We also didn’t see the Kraken that the front desk attendant warned us about. Old wives’ tale to scare the tourists and drum up business I’m sure.
I also challenged Xander to a fishing showdown. We are both master anglers but I convinced him I am the better fisherwoman. Xander took the bait (pun intended) and learned not to question his wife when she tells you she is better at something.
Our hotel had a sushi buffet and Xander and I were not about to pass that shizz up. We headed over and got our noms and sat down near the pool when Xander started on about “it” again.
“What if we went home with a permanent souvenir of our honeymoon?” I looked over at him and noticed the goofy grin on his face.
“Oh. You mean like a parrot, right?” I asked nervously. I hadn’t been taking my regular birth control for a couple of weeks now but I may have slipped a morning after pill in there a couple times. This conversation couldn’t go anywhere good.
He cleared his throat. “I was thinking more along the lines of a baby. You know I want a family, Pens.”
I realized then that we had never discussed when or if we wanted kids. I wasn’t sure what to say because I still wasn’t up for the whole baby thing. I didn’t want kids now. I wasn’t sure I ever wanted to be a mother.
So I said the first thing that popped into my head…
“Could you pass the salt?”