A few months ago, I was standing in a line in Best Buy, with a new laptop in my hands, unsure about my selection. Behind me, a petite dark haired woman talked on a cell-phone. From what I gathered, she relied on advice from her friend who seemed to be knowledgeable about computers. I was in a similar situation. I wanted to surprise my husband with a new laptop (the old one developed a suspicious burning smell). We offered each other (computer) advice and started talking. A friendship was formed.
We met a couple of times, talked about our backgrounds, experiences, our marriages… We clicked.
A few weeks later, Anna called me, inviting my husband and I for an afternoon on a sailboat she and her husband Art recently purchased. We met in front of Bahia Cruiser, in a small harbour filled with sail boats. The sun was high up in the sky; it was a gorgeous sunny day. Soon, we were all aboard, with James and Art carefully manoeuvring Art’s small sail boat out of the harbor, into the open sea. The weather was perfect, with indigo blue sky and just the right amount of wind caught in our sails, according to Art’s meter, we were traveling about 7mph.
A little while later, surrounded only by the blue, calm water and an occasional sailboat passing by, we dropped the anchor, did some fishing, (no success), ate some sandwiches, home-made salsa with chips, grapes and had some white zinfandel (not Art!).
A pelican came by floating on the water, looking at us suspiciously and nonchalantly at the same time. He (or she) completely ignored the chips we threw in the water, but did not hesitate for a second to reach for and swallow the frozen sardine we sacrificed (since that was the end to our fishing adventure anyway). We enjoyed the company and the conversation, the food, the sunshine and the refreshing breeze infused with the scent of the ocean.
When the sun started setting, we turned around and headed back, adding speed to our little sailboat by the motor as the wind had quieted down. It got a
bit chilly, so we were grateful for our wind breaker
s. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Ahoy!
Who knows maybe someday we will live like this couple!
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