Summers on Long Island were different in every area. But nothing beats the smell of sun kissed beach skin and ocean hair. Growing up on Long Island with the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the sound to the north so you had an option where you could go. Most people who had boats used the harbors on the sound unless they were docked in places like the nautical mile in Freeport. The summer air always made people happier especially after a harsh winter where it seemed like it never stopped snowing.
Maryanne grew up on the north shore of long island. As the youngest of five children and being the only girl out of a band of brothers some may say she was a princess. She thought of herself as lucky. Her brothers were not only her protectors when she got bullied in grade school but her best friends. Plus to her benefit that she got the luxury of dating her brothers’ friends.
During the summers her parents were able to get a week or two off to take them out to the Hamptons or on trips to tropical islands. Most of the time they did not mind if they got one or two weeks with one parent and then the next week or so with the other parent. That happened when their schedules could not allow them to take matching summer vacations.
Her oldest brother, Calvin, was eight years older than her was a Marine Corp Jag who was stationed in Washington D.C. The two middle brothers were Randy and Derek, whom everyone called the twins even though they were a year apart. Randy was five years older than Maryanne and Derek was four but sometimes they acted like children. Both Randy and Derek where surgeon, like their mother especially with where they worked, but Randy was pediatric and Derek was cosmetic.
Steven, who was just a years older than her, had just gotten back from serving over in Iraq. He had surprised her at her college graduation from the University of Florida. She had no idea that he was coming home and she had not seen him in person for almost eighteen months. Maryanne and her brothers were very closes even though there were age gaps between them.
Since Maryanne had just graduated with a bachelors in both history and business finance from University of Florida she had no idea what she wanted to do. She had gotten a decent score on her LSAT and got into all her top choices for law school. She felt like there was something missing from her life but she didn’t know what it was. She wanted adventure and fun in her life and not being kept locked up in a house or office all day. Her mother kept telling her you just graduated college fun time is over, but how could one be happy if there wasn’t a little fun and adventure in their life. Since there is only a couple of months between graduation and Maryanne starting her J.D. in International at St. John’s University in the fall while working at one of the most prestigious law firms as a junior financial adviser Maryanne decides to plan out adventures she could take.
There were so many options for adventures for her that summer. Maryanne wanted to travel, go to concerts, do several mud run obstacle course races, go to the beach and so much more. One of the reasons why she wanted to travel was because most of her friends from college lived all over the country and some lived in Europe. Her best friend Maci suggested a group trip to somewhere exotic or to Tomorrowland at the end of July.
Maci Nolan was originally from Auburn Alabama but moved to the house across the street from Maryanne right before high school. She got picked on and teased a lot because of the way she talked and acted. The only one who didn’t was Maryanne. They got super close because of that reason. Maci had studied nursing while they were at college and spent a ton of time studying for her boards on Sundays during the spring semester before graduation and when she took them the weekend after graduation she was fully prepared for them.
It was the middle of June, Maci had just passed her nursing boards and Maryanne was working 50 hour weeks. They were together every weekend so they could relax and try to figure out what they wanted to do. Planning adventures with out the rest of their group from college was a task because they were so use to having them right there in front of them but Skype chatting was kind of difficult with time differences. Their friends Melissa and Grace lived overseas in Greece and France but were coming back to the United States for Law School and Medical School.
(see smell of summer pt. 2)