Saturday, April 16, 2011

20, 30, 40, Charlie

There is a sailboat race each week in Annapolis, MD on the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay.  Lisa started crewing for people who had boats who raced in the regatta. She checked the internet weekly for posts of owners needing crew members. It sounded like great fun but I was a mother of two, it wasn’t going to work for me.

Courtney had taken sailing lessons in her twenties and never really got the hang of it; her goal was to feel more confident in her sailing.  She was a teacher so she was available during the day as I was.  Drama was her love and she was involved in a production near Dupont Circle in D.C.  She invited us to come and see it Lisa and I went together and had a great time.

Our days on the boat were filled with long conversations about our lives.  Lisa was just out of graduate school.  Her head was full of starting her career and meeting guys.  She entertained us with stories of her friends, prospects of dating and the ways she filled time while waiting for her security clearance.

Some days we went into Old Town Alexandria or an area south of Belle Haven for lunch.  On days we met Charlie coming in from giving sailing lesson, we invited him along.  He added a whole entire dimension to our conversations, talking about the work he did before retiring, his son, and his family. Charlie's friend owned a 40 foot sailboat that he sometimes borrowed to take night cruises  I was invited several times but with my two boys and short notice, it was difficult to plan.  

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you took time for yourself that summer. I think the time really helped with your healing. There's nothing like water to heal the heart.