Monday, July 25, 2011
I've written about the Keys more than once in this blog, often mentioning my attraction to it's quirky, eclectic people, it's rich, storied history, it's free-roaming chickens and roosters, and it's nightly magical sunsets that would make even the most stringent atheist believe in God. I can't seem to get enough of it. This year's visit was no exception, and we've returned sun-kissed and key lime pie-filled!
But it's not necessarily the the little motel that I miss. It's the mornings Alan and I spent enjoying breakfast on the patio of their sweet diner, located in front of the building. It wasn't anything special, just your basic eggs and bacon kind of joint. But sitting on that patio in the early morning, when the temperature was still tolerable and the bougainvillea was just beginning to sparkle under the morning sun, was priceless. We'd watch the Key West citizens riding by on their bikes on their way to work, off to spend another day selling sea shells and straw hats to tourists.
The two never had to place their order, because they ate the same thing every morning. As soon as they sat down, the waiter would bring their steaming plates to the table with a "Good Morning!" They'd turn and smile at him, return his greeting, and then ask him about how things were going at his second job. They'd have a brief conversation, then the waiter would drop the check on the table, give both their shoulders a squeeze, then leave with a "See you tomorrow morning!"
I found myself wanting to get up early every day of our vacation so I could be on that patio when The Breakfast Club would arrive. I liked being near them, and imagining that someday Alan and I could still be that much in love.
By the way, did I mention that this couple was two gay men? Yes, this sweet, devoted senior couple enjoying their golden years in the company of their one true love was not a man and a woman. This sweet, devoted, loving couple was two men. See the difference?
Yeah, me neither...
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