We left everyone behind and headed to the water. Hand in hand, we walked along the beach and spoke softly about the thoughts on our minds. We walked through tall green grasses, ran through frigid tides that tickled our toes and stepped carefully over abandoned sandcastles. We walked until we reached our destination: the ice cream shop at the main beach. And there I bought a double scoop in a waffle cone: bubble gum and peanut caramel crunch.
Outside, he was lying on the bench, his mop of black curls falling every which way. I sat down next to him and he shifted, placing his head in my lap. Carefully, I licked my ice cream cone, trying not to let it drip on him. Eyes closed, he said more than once, "What was that?" "Nothing," I replied as I hastily wiped the blue dot off his shirt. He smiled; he knew.
And when the ice cream was all gone and my tummy was full, I sat there on that bench and looked down at this man. This beautiful human being with the straight ridge along his nose, the arch-less eyebrows and the black, tousled hair. I ran my fingers through his hair, lightly scratching his scalp and I whispered, "I'm so glad you're mine." He smiled, not showing his teeth, and returned the sentiment.
He lay like that for a while, head in my lap, complete trust and contentment, and I waited quietly, patiently, until he was ready to make the long walk back. He lay like that, and we talked about our future, our marriage to-be and our kids to-be and the life we imagine for ourselves when the Future finally arrives. We spoke about the journey, the current path, the importance of savouring each day and each moment. I cupped his head in my hands and I held him close to me, so gingerly, so carefully, with so much love. And sometimes, catching me off guard, he reached for my boob and made me laugh with indignation.
And that moment - I wanted that moment to last forever. With the horizon meeting the clear, blue lake and families and kids circling the ice cream shop, with his black curls between my fingers and his warm smile appearing every now and then, I had everything that I wanted. I wanted that moment to last forever.