I am so happy that Thai talked me into going kayaking tonight. Did I mention he was back in town?
Yesterday, when he walked in the door, I ran out of my office and he said “HEEEEY!” and yelled “HEEEEEY” and we gave each other a big hug.
I woke up feeling like I was coming down with a head cold. Scratchy throat. The sneezing. The coughing.
I told him today that I just wasn’t feeling up to going.
“Oh stop, the fresh air will do you good.”
Not wanting to let that beautiful man down, I told him I would go.
I’m so glad I did.
The three of us (he, Howard, and myself) caught up with each other and Thai got us up to speed on his latest travels and his love life. Bolivia, Haiti, Australia, London….and a new and exciting relationship. How he and his girlfriend are doing their part to make the world a better place…and how she fell in love with Alaska too.
It was all terribly romantic. Being there out on the river the sun high in the sky. The temperature was just right with just a hint of fall in the air. A few times, I paddled away from Thai and Howard and just closed my eyes and went to my “Zen” place. I soaked it all in….the air, the water, the occasional fish jumping, the gorgeous backdrop of mountains spotted with orange and yellow leaves…indicating that summer is almost over.
I said a silent prayer for the people I love and for all the things I’m grateful for.
My head cold was gone by the time we hauled out.
And I, once again, felt amazed at how a kayaking trip can change your entire being. Inside and Out.
I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.