Saturday, August 01, 2009

H2Fun

Yesterday was my birthday, I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a bit dubious about the idea of spending a good deal of it on a raft in the Hudson. The Tramps were shooting a commercial for SOC during a white water rafting trip. Ever game, I went along, biting back a bit of whining about the weather. Because, seriously, it was chilly. And wet.



I chatted up the guide as we waited for the bus. Yes, a bus. We go high glamour for birthdays 'round these parts.



We paddled, floated and then swam. The water, as it turns out, was perfect. I slipped out of the raft and into the river, my pfd tightly cinched and doing its job I bobbed about in the water. Every so often I'd turn and stroke into the current, sending water sluicing over my body and the delicious burn of exertion running through my legs.

At one point I joked that I felt like a navy seal as the charcoal sleeves of my shirt blended into the water. "Did you say navy seal?" the guide asked. "Did you know there is a navy seal approach to getting back in the raft? Wanna try?" I looked at him and asked how as the rest of the group watched. I imagined the number of ways a woman could embarrass herself by "putting your back to the raft and then lifting yourself in a backward somersault up and into the raft."

They waited. I hemmed and hawed. And then I thought, "What the hell?"




I may not get high marks for grace, but it was the most fun I can remember having in a long time. Empowering, invigorating and unforgettable.



I couldn't have asked for anything more than the chance to feel strong, alive and loved.

Thanks, you know who you are!

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11 comments:

slouchy said...

AWESOME.

April said...

Sounds like a great time! Happy (ever so slightly belated) Birthday!!!

Amy said...

Nicely done my friend!

flutter said...

you are fabulous

thecheekofgod said...

Yes, I would have been much less graceful, I fear.

Happy day, my friend . . .

Heather said...

You, my friend, are fantastic.

Jason said...

This is a great site you have here. I have a humor blog myself and I would like to exchange links with you. Let me know if this is possible. Until then, I look forward to reading some more of your posts. Take care.

Kimberly said...

Very cool! Happy belated birthday!

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a great time. Thank you for the sweet comment. You have the honor (or is it shame?) of being my first non-family or friend poster. I look forward to going back and catching up on your blog :)

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Hey, happy belated birthday! Go you. Even if the military isn't in your future, glad you had fun. ;)

Robin said...

Happy Birthday!