i’m sad about summer ending. these are pictures from the beginning, when we got engaged: the day after, at the pool at the grand hotel excelsior vittoria in sorrento; capri, under photos of the owner of the restaurant owner with all of the celebrities who had visited (you can see jay-z, beyoncé, and valentino); our last few moments at le sireneuse (named after the sirens) in positano; and the garden at the hotel de russie, in rome. marc speaks italian—he lived in italy in college, and again while working at a law firm after—but i don’t, so i sadly couldn’t partake of my usual eavesdropping. still, it was one of the most beautiful people-watching spots i’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking rose champagne in while watching expertly made-up women with that recent plastic surgery sheen wearing turbans and supersize jewelry. i love rome: everyone is wearing heels.
we also went to atlantic city, bermuda, hawaii, the hamptons, and various parts of california: san diego, LA, temecula. marc’s phone contains a list of 33 hotels we’ve stayed at in the last two years, some more than once. but except for a wedding upstate, a wedding in SF, our wedding night, our honeymoon, a conference in LA, and thanksgiving in dallas—it sounded like a lot less in my head—the idea is that we are taking a break from extreme vacationing. (the idea, refuted by so many doctors back when i was a health editor, is that i will easily get pregnant. and hence not want to fly.)
it is the best summer i can remember, which i wish i could say differently, given my brother’s death. maybe that is why i fear the fall. even with a wedding to look forward to, it’s more painful to grieve when it’s gray outside, and when the person you were grieving was supposed to be at the wedding. well, he was never supposed to be at the ceremony itself, just the weekend for the two families a few days later. so at least i will have one day in which his absence feels less conspicuous.
but no one loves labor day. except for marc: back-to-school doesn’t really mean anything to him and he prefers cold weather.