This is a guest post from John Stein. If you would like to be a guest blogger for the Beachfront Blog, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After 16 years of marriage, I like to think that my wife and I know each other very well. There are times that it is kinda creepy how she can seem to know what I am about to say before I say it. She is usually right on the mark with what I am thinking. (Please don’t tell her I said that!)
Which is why I am perplexed at her recent statement that I seem to be a ‘different guy’ as soon as we arrive in Wildwood. I like to think I am the same guy every single day. I have good and bad days like every other working stiff, but I don’t think it effects my mood or interaction with my friends or family. Somehow though, I am transparent enough that once we cross into “Wildwood By the Sea” I become a much nicer guy. Go figure.
But then again…I do love Wildwood. We love it so much that my family decided that it would be the perfect place for us to have a 2nd home. We purchased a ‘fixer-upper’ last spring just a few blocks from the boardwalk and the beach and proceeded to make it our much needed getaway home. There is something magical about spending much of your Summer in a place designated for relaxation. Our time in Wildwood is spent enjoying the cool surf and walking the boards. Curley’s Fries, rollercoasters and swinging rides have become our routine. And what a nice routine it is! Anyone who has spent their Summer in Wildwood can tell you that there is something for everyone.
I find myself making excuses during the week for us to leave earlier and earlier for our weekends in the Wildwoods. “Soon,” my wife laments, “our weekends will begin on Mondays if you have your way.” Not a bad idea. Work is over-rated anyway.
John first came to the Wildwoods as a 12 year old who fell in love with the sights, sounds and smells of the place. After joining the Coast Guard in 1989 and completing Boot Camp in Cape May, he returned to be stationed at the USCG Airstation Cape May and spent many, MANY summer days and nights walking the boards with his soon-to-be wife. The military and life moved them away from the East Coast but they have since returned to enjoy their new Summer home in Wildwood.