It really must have been cold everywhere except Florida for the last few months… Every relative and almost every friend I have has visited the Sunshine State (and our apartment) in the last three weeks, it seems. Which has been some hectic, but mostly, overwhelmingly, beautifully wonderful.
May making room for those I love (and those I will) be ever a bigger problem in my home and heart than the ache and bitters of loneliness.
When we left St. Louis six months ago I knew I would never see most of the dear ones we left behind there again (this side of dying). It is how it is, don’t we all know.
But one of my best mates from that chapter of our lives (who happens to be British) packed up his family and came to visit this week and we’ve had a fantastic time with them. Today he and I struck out in some kayaks to paddle a stretch of the Hillsborough River that I’ve heard is home to a lot of alligators.
Turns out, that’s a true fact, friend.
In a little over an hour, we saw eight gators, none of them shorter than six feet, and a couple that might have been as big or bigger than my 11.5 kayak. I couldn’t make myself paddle more than 15 or 20 yards from them as they sunned on the bank or a section of exposed downfall.
There were turtles by the truckload sunning in sets (or, perhaps, turtle gangs?) and at one point we found a half-sunken log packed out with turtles on one end, and a cold-eyed gator on the other.
As we moved from sighting to sighting, gliding just over the hydrilla and murky wonders in the river shallows we paddled in and out of pools of sunlight ourselves. Cypress knees flanked us on both sides, two uneven rows of long pointed wooden teeth, and still we pressed on, upstream in a slow afternoon current.
I was sad to double back and head for home, but so very grateful for good friends. And adventures I don’t expect to have, but do.
I'm getting jiggy with it. Yea I'm getting jiggy with itttttt:P
*opera singing voice* cheesy crust cheesy crust, they put it in the crust!
how do you even upload pictures on here? I need a rare pepe to be on my page.
♪♫ I got bills I got to pay and I'm go work work work everyday:)♪♫
hi. bye. bhye. bhi. bly. nye. bill nye. bill nye the science guy...is the best:_p
#3 We've managed to fit two lives in one cube as we ready ourselves for our massive trek.
His entire species is threatened, but still he finds time to stop and eat the dandelion greens.
We wandered our neighborhood, brothers in wonder at what has fallen, what may be.
We went to see what we could see. And were crushed by beauty.