What We Imagine

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Guanacaste,
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sometimes before attempting a thing, one can imagine themselves to be an adept. That one will simply ease into this new activity like they are sliding into a skin they have forgotten they once wore. I imagined that surfing would be like this.

Not so much.

In an activity where the the few seconds you remain standing on the board are seen as an accomplishment - I am an abject failure. Our kids, on the other hand, seemed to hop up on the board and surf to the beach with no problem. I think the failure here is not so much the 44 year old body, but the 44 year old brain. A brain that has developed the capacity to make a simple act of standing up into a confusing and complicated task. By the time the 44 year old brain has sorted out what foot should move first and whether I am appropriately centered on the board, I have fallen off for the hundredth time. Meanwhile some guy, easily in his sixties, cruises by.

I woke up this morning having dreamt that I was at school being chewed out by my principal (not my current one) for not being prepared for something. In the dream, all of the computers had been turned upside down, which was impeding my ability to print some essential piece of paper. It had also occurred to me, as I woke, that we had forgotten to deal with Torin's trombone rental before we left. What this goes to show is that it doesn't matter how many miles and mango trees you put between you and your life, it always finds you!

PS - the thought about the trombone was weirdly prophetic, as when I checked our bank account this morning I discovered a new charge indicating that Torin is now firmly committed to trombone lessons for another year!
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Joyce on

This looks like a beautiful place to spend a fifteenth wedding anniversary,despite the surfing difficulties. I had a clay instructor who said skiing and surfing were simple.....just pretend you're a sack of water!(?). Apparently it worked for him and I've never skied or surfed so what do I know? You will be at a new town tonight,hope it's wonderful. The dreams sound as though total relaxation hasn't happened yet. All's well here and doggies have food; we drove to Meacham through amazing canola fields this morning; will go back to photograph. Keep writing ! Love to all mom and dad

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