Monday, December 13, 2010
Freezing outside, warm inside
There was a huge sailing yacht in flying the British Virgin Islands flag. It must have been over 100 feet overall. It dwarfed everything around. I wondered what it was doing here with temperatures at 26 F. The BVI seems pretty appealing about now. A cruise ship was heading out as well, all lit up but probably not many passengers were hugging the rail to say good bye. With big seas expected offshore, I hope they will have a smooth passage to the Caribbean.
The marina is oddly quiet at this time of year. A few boats are decorated but most are dark with no sign of life. I am reminded of what the great solo sailor Bernard Moitessier said, "People who do not know that a sailboat is a living creature will never understand anything about boats and the sea." I feel such a great connection with both of my boats. The warmth they have provided, the good times we have shared, and even the turbulent times make them seem alive to me. So I decorate the boats with little lights inside and out which makes me feel as if I am honoring them.
The wind is still strong this morning, and it is bitter cold out. I plan to go back to the marina to check on things today and will also get some Christmas shopping done. I am just about through with gifts. I have the most difficult time with something for my C. We both have everything that we want. And most importantly, we still have each other after all these years. But I like to surprise her with something special.
We are handing out invitations to Christmas Day buffet here at each meeting we attend. This is the best gift of all--to do something for others in recovery, cook for them, make them feel at home, have a house filled with conversation and laughter. That was my dream for a long time--to have everyone together on Christmas Day. And now it is another dream come true. It seems like work but really it is a labor of love so that people won't be alone for a few hours. Unlike the lonely boats in the marina, their presence will be honored, decorated, and made a bit cheerier. That fills me with a lot of joy.