So part 2 will consist of something completely different...kind of.
I always said to Rick that I would never in a million billion trillion years live on one. When I first went to Friday Harbor with him I was in a state of culture shock. To say my skin was crawling is an understatement. How could these people be ok with being surrounded by water!? Where are the skyscrapers and the people!? Where's the traffic!?
Rick would always tell me that I just didn't understand. And I didn't. But that was coming from the guy who spent a good chunk of his childhood sailing down to Mexico and then back up to San Juan Island...how could I understand!?
Then came the Joe. And he has managed to totally transformed every single thought in my head. My mom calls it "becoming a hippie," but I call it slowing down and breathing. Taking a fresh look at life for what it actually is and evaluating it based on a whole new set of priorities. For the first time in my entire life I want to escape the city and move to a tiny house with a lot of land, and have animals and a garden and live a slower kind of life. I want to eat food that I grow myself, I want to be surrounded by nature and water and everything that comes along with that. I want Joe to appreciate little things and love nature and adventure just like his daddy.
After going to Whidbey for just 3 days, Rick and I were so full of life and excitement. We got to sit on the couch and watch the bunnies hop across the field. And there was this little brown mouse that kept popping its head up out of the bushes and eating the droppings from the bird feeder. You could smell the sea and all the life living there.
It was nothing short of amazing.
I don't know what the future brings for me and my family. But I can tell you a fire has been lit inside of me. I am no good with blind leaps of faith, but that Rickster seems A-OK with them, so who knows what's in store for us.