Written by Captain Mary on Sunday, July 08, 2012

Birthdays are something I would like to forget, but I do realize that we all have one day a year that is just for us. I have always thought that taking off on a trip somewhere is the way to celebrate my day. Well, I am right, but this time it was with my wonderful children.

I told my crew that I would love to go out on the boat, and I was accommodated well beyond my dreams. My day started early getting the supplies together to do all the things I wanted to do. I was uncertain about the weather, but it to was very accommodating. A few things went wrong, but that is what makes life challenging. Loaded up and on the road at about 6:30 AM, the first thing was my fishing license and wouldn't you know it, the website and phone lines for the State Licensing was down. Monica and Jason tried everything to get through to no avail.

I felt like the day would be perfect in spite of the little bump in the road, the boat now launched and the dock lines thrown away I got a feeling of peaceful indulgence. I can give credit for my gang for putting together this exhausting day, but I can't forget Jeff, Monica's long time beloved, who was feeling very ill. Jeff didn't even let on how sick he was until he could hardly manage to walk around. I have to give him a big thank you for his effort to make my day possible. I can't imagine anything that the gang wasn't prepared for.

We started out with a little trolling, a little bottom fishing, then the time to jump in and cool off was upon us. Jason had his little ones along and without complaint (much) they enjoyed the day with their Nana. We found beautiful little reefs, Monica and Jason did a little spearfishing. So much crammed into one day just for me. Anything I wanted to do was accommodated. We started to set up the diving equipment and all went well, Jason and I were the first ones in the water and even though we got the dive lines wrapped around the anchor line and I didn't have enough weight in my belt, it was a great dive. I was surprised how someone could get across "I told you so!", under water. After 20 or 30 minutes we went back to the boat and we heard a bang from the compressor, the production of air was now over. Even though we were done diving I just couldn't let it bother me, I only felt bad that the gang couldn't enjoy a dive too.

Time was passing and the day was coming to a close, along with the abundant food, drink and fun.We still had one more location to go to for a nice snorkel around a shallow wreck. The wreck was full of marine life, abundant in all species, the lobster sticking their heads out of reef, knowing the were not yet in season. I think they were mocking us. So close to shore and yet so abundant with life. The sense of being on the water is what I live for and my children know how to make my day special. This last location was perfect for ending the days adventure on the water.

My birthday was just perfect, I guess you never get too old to enjoy life. By the time we got home we were exhausted, but in a good way. Unloaded the boat and finally got home at about 10 PM. I slept like I hadn't slept in a long time. My phone messages were full of the rest of my family giving birthday wishes, I am so lucky to have a family like mine. I will remember my 57th birthday for years to come.

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