|The colorful promenade along Philipsburg's waterfront
We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary today with our good friends, the Baldonis, who were here in St. Maarten on a cruise. We were delighted that we all were on St. Maarten at the same time, and excited that we could spend time together! Originally they were scheduled for an excursion to sail, snorkel and swim; instead, we met for lunch at Chesterfields, the restaurant of the marina where Equinox was berthed, getting the last bit of her hull waxed. We then took a cruise about the harbour in our own little dinghy and had a great time on the beachfront! We walked a bit before settling in on the beach, where we either lounged in the water, or relaxed on the chaise lounges in the shade. Lots of chatter, lots of laughter, lots of fun! The kids did some shopping as well, and the afternoon passed all too quickly. Being experienced boaters themselves, they helped us move Equinox out of the marina and back into the anchorage; it’s always nice to have extra hands! Kim and Berto assisted me with the numerous dock lines while Al and Tiara handled the dinghy. Before we knew it, the sun was setting, and after one last stop at Chesterfields, we managed to return them to the cruise ship pier at the eleventh hour before their ship departed. It was hard to say goodbye; it’s really a treat to have dear friends share time with us!!
As we watched their ship sail out of sight, Ron and I were ensconced on the beachfront terrace of the Holland House Beach Hotel’s Ocean Lounge, sharing an excellent bottle of wine over a gourmet dinner, reminiscing about the past 25 years. It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years, as it’s gone so quickly! Yet, we’ve gone through a lot, through events great and small. We’ve experienced momentous occasions like the joy of becoming parents and the grief of losing parents, we’ve gone through the mundane of job changes and house moves, to the happiness of shared family events together. In sum, we’ve experienced a wide range of what life has to offer …and overall, there’s been more happiness than not! You just have to keep on smiling, and keep moving! We appreciate that we’re still active and healthy, still together sharing life's adventures, and still living happily ever after, every now and then. That's life ... Cruise on!