Scott left today for a six week rotation to captain the beautiful tall ship, s/v Diamant. Thankfully, my mom is here with me which takes a little bit of the sting out sudden loneliness. Even still, the boat does not feel the same without him. I miss having him here next to me, tinkering away at some thing or another... I miss feeling his presence and hearing his voice coo to little Isla. I'm not going to lie, two strong personalities living together on a boat isn't always the recipe for marital bliss and movie style romance (though it might seem that way). I have probably threatened divorce once a week during this refit, but the threat is always empty and the anger short lived. The stress and tension ignite like a flame to gas and temper out just as quickly. They say the line between love and hate is thin; cram that love into a living space about the size of a two car garage undergoing a refit and it can grow even thinner. Sorry, but it's true. Living on a boat is not always blissfully magical. Only some of the time.
So, yeah. Despite the fact that we've had our "moments" (which we always laugh about in hindsight) we are deeply in love and when he leaves, my heart always breaks a teeny tiny bit. It doesn't get any easier and saying goodbye always leaves a pit in my tummy and a lump in my throat. I love living in our (relatively) cramped space with him, I love sharing our dreams and imagining the next few years of our lives together. I love the highs and, yes, I even respect the lows. I think some of the most valuable lessons that we can learn about ourselves and others are found in these extremes. So, while I really hate the fact that Scott and I have to be apart, I accept this as an opportunity for growth. I've got work to do, projects to complete and an amazing baby girl to keep me busy!
Anna Maria Island to spend Christmas with family so here's hoping these next six weeks fly by. Then, it's goodbye Florida, hello Bahamas and beyond!