Saturday, February 10, 2007

Caring for caring's sake

Somewhere, sometime, who knows when, my sister and I have switched roles. She's less often inclined to play the free-spirited adventurer role and I'm more inclined to seek experiences out. She used to be the one that would take risks while I'd be the one carefully calculating every move, lest I arrive somewhere five minutes late and end the very world as we know it.

I like to think, for the most part, we are equally there for each other on the advice front though. It's nice to have that dependable, caring voice of reason. Then again, sometimes that voice of reason is less than reasonable (albeit never less caring).

"So you just sail, out on the water with nothing around you for days and days?"

"Yes, that's partially the point."

"But what if something happens? What if the boat tips over?"

"The boats don't often 'tip over.' I mean, it could happen but they're generally made to not tip over."

"Well they have to rock back and forth to sail. They practically tip sideways, that's how they go."

"That is not how they go. They sail, with sails. And wind. It's not like the ski boat out on the lake like when we were kids, you know?"

"Of course not. But what about sharks? Have you seen that movie where a boat leaves those people out in the ocean and they drown or get eaten by sharks and die?"

"No, I didn't see that. But that was different, those people we diving and under water and... why am I even explaining this? It's completely different."

"What about whales? What if a whale jumps on the boat?"

"Are you kidding me?"

"Whales are big."

"When is the last time you picked up the paper and read about a boat sunken by an incredible jumping whale?"

"Alright, but I'm still skeptical."


You have to admit, having someone who loves you enough to fear things that aren't even possible, well that's pretty special.


Backofpack said...

I bet she's thinking of those pictures in sailing races where the boat is turning and all laid over. I think it is very sweet that she worries about you - she's gonna be a good Mom!

runliarun said...

I think sailing with nothing but water around you, that's totally the point. The thing is, whatever might happen out there on the wild sea will not differ in its consequences from whatever might happen where you live everyday, while standing at a street corner, while buying eggs for an omelet...

justacoolcat said...

Ummmm, Bermuda Triangle?

You would sail through it right?

Oh, and pirates?

I just saw this movie Pirates of the Caribbean.

You did say you'd be sailing the Caribbean right?

Bre said...

If any of those bad things happen to you, I will be very upset. Plus you will have to listen to your sister say "I told you so".... so don't die.

skinnylittleblonde said...

Sisters are awesome! I am so glad you have one who points out things, like jumping whales, to you.
As we age & our roles change in life, our sisters always remain our sisters. God Love 'Em!

Danielle said...

It's always nice to know that someone cares about you...the idea of watching a sunrise and a sunset with nothing around you but water, watching it come up and down over the horizon, dolphins playing in the wake...sounds so incredible. I've never been sailing and have always wanted're so lucky to have the opportunity.

JustRun said...

BoP- Yes, she sure is.

Lia- You have a point, I'm going to tell her that.

JACC- I didn't even bring UP those two points. Sure they crossed my mind but better she worry about the jumping whales.

Bre- Don't worry, the pirates and the whales are totally going to leave me alone. I'm into this new plan where I pretend like I'm one of them- either I won't comb my hair or I'll make whale "songs." :)

Skinny- Yeah, it's pretty amazing.

Danielle- I hope to. I'm crossing my fingers every day that it works out.

singleton said...

awww, sing to the whales and ride the wave. Enjoy!