If you've been following my Ten Things of Thankful posts, you might realize that this is the 5th week in a row that I have mentioned:
1. RAIN! I am still thankful for rain. 2. I am thankful that I have had my sprinklers off for so long. 3. I am thankful the yard is greening up. 4. I am also thankful that rain sometimes makes me laugh.
One of the Christmas gifts I gave John last December was a calendar, with many of the weekends filled with different activities for date night. Written on February 10 was an idea in which I took particular pride. We have always talked about visiting Italy some day, but some day hasn't come yet, and won't this year. I decided to create an Italian experience the weekend before Valentine's day.
The highlight of the date was to be a gondola ride in Huntington Harbor, on an authentic Italian gondola. I had done my homework: February 10th was a full moon, and the reservation was made so that we could watch the sunset and moonrise. As the date got closer, I learned that there was also going to be a lunar eclipse that night. This was going to be spectacular! I just didn't realize that it was going to be spectacularly cloudy and rainy.
When the guy from the gondola company called, he told me that they had an umbrella, and the ride hadn't been canceled. I told him that we were still game, and so we began. Our gondolier was quite the sport, maneuvering the gondola while being constantly rained upon. (We felt so bad for him, and made sure to generously tip him.) He even took a photo for us before we all braved the elements.
|Photo: John and I sit in a red gondola in the rain, with our sparkling apple juice in a bucket by our feet|
5. I'm thankful for the gondolier, who put on a cheerful face even when his work conditions were less than ideal, and who never even once called us crazy. He said we "have a sense of adventure!"
6. I'm thankful our hotel was just down the road, so it wasn't long before we were warm and dry again.
7. I'm thankful to witness a touching sight this morning. As we were walking along the beach near the Huntington Beach Pier, we noticed a large number of surfers on the shore, and a huge crowd of people on the pier.
|Photo: People line Huntington Beach Pier, and surfers gather on the shore|
Apparently a young woman who was loved in the surfing community passed away recently. All of the surfers swam out on their boards and gathered offshore near a boat. There was lots of cheering and splashing, and I got the impression that this was truly a celebration of life. It was a touching scene.
|Photo: Some of the surfers that gathered for the memorial (each dot is a surfer). The boat is out of sight, on other side of the pier.|
9. I'm thankful for sleep. I caught up on sleep. I fell asleep early, and I woke up late, and it was wonderful.
10. I'm thankful for John. I'm thankful for his sense of adventure. Our gondola ride was not exactly what we had anticipated, but it was fun anyway. And really, isn't that a fairly accurate metaphor for life? It doesn't always go as planned, but we can have a good time together anyway--rain or shine!
(The Ten Things of Thankful is changing a bit. Lizzi has stepped down as our fearless leader, Josie Two Shoes has volunteered to take her spot, and the hop now has its own blog: http://tenthingsofthankful.blogspot.com/ Go there to link up and join in!)