Side note: ease forgive the lack of photos, I'm doing everything by my phone as I'm too cheap to pay $12 a day for Internet at the hotel! Which really should be free...
As I was riding the tandem bike with my husband today, I formulated this post. I had a lot of time to think, as we rode about 18-20 miles. And no, that's not surprising for him. For me, I'm glad it was flat and all along the coast!
I was reflecting about how yesterday, when Brenna marched her little self straight into the pool of dolphins with complete strangers, my husband turned to me and said, "now THAT'S a brave girl."
It made me think about both of my girls. My eldest has gone to and lived in several foreign countries, beginning at age 14. She has never batted an eye at going to sleep away camp, nor has she shied away from the stage. When we dropped her off for the first year away at college, her words to us were, "Bye! See ya soon. Love you!" I left in utter desolation and came to my senses the next day that if she was that happy, I shouldn't be that sad. I have learned so much from her.
Then there is Brenna.
Oh, that girl has never met someone she doesn't like. Including the stranger in the McDonald's when she was about 5. He was a man of large size and she ran straight up to him in line and gave him a big hug and told him all about French fries. It was more difficult to understand her back them and he looked at Doug with sad eyes and asked, "did she say I have large thighs??" Doug told home what she had really said about french fries. The man slowly began to smile and proceeded to tell my husband he had not had a hug in several years and he was very thankful for the one from our daughter.
She has gone to sleep away camps as well. Brenna had made several school changes, as well as learned to put up with blood draws and doctors all her life.
The first time on take off on an airplane, she threw here hands up as if she were in a roller coaster and yelled, "yahooooooo!" at the top of her lungs. She wanted to do it all over again as soon as we were airborne.
So. Putting On a wetsuit, shaking hands and introducing herself to her group of 5, walking into 64 degree water and learning how to kiss a dolphin, feed it a fish, give it hand signals and ride the back of it? Eh....piece of cake.