It’s a yearly ritual most of us try to do.
To get away from the people, places, and things–that drive you crazy all year long.
This year I decided to embrace the crazy-makers, pack them into an SUV, and haul a big ole boat across the state.
Crazy, I know.
But the stars must’ve lined up just so, as the boys didn’t beat each other senseless AND the SUV decided to cooperate.
Both events were awe-inspiring and just short of miraculous.
To put it mildly.
The 3 boys learned the joys of standing on a pebbly beach, hunting for shells.
Of quiet moments on a cool, end of summer morning.
Of letting ‘er rip and roar wide open once the no-wake zone has been breached.
Of boating on a lake, with the hot sun beating down and the life jackets chafing, oh and lest I forget–life outside xbox and WiFi access.
They learned to conquer the fear of the unknown while tubing across the wake from the boat.
The fun to be had when taking a flying leap overboard and jumping into a cool lake.
And I found happiness.
And peace, believe it or not.
Yeah. It was a great vacation.
Sorry I’ve been away, but I’ve so much to show you…
I’ve hated smiling for years. (Refer to above picture) I abhorred picture time and would stretch my mouth as wide as I could, in hopes that no teeth would show.
That is, if the flat out running away wasn’t an option. Most times, it was not, sad to say.
But as much as I dreaded pics and my photo sniper family and the subsequent hours spent, trying to filter out the many off-guard moments captured in time, I dreaded going to the dentist more.
Because it never ended happily for me.
That came to a screeching halt this summer when I decided that I was tired of ducking my head or putting Duck’s big toothy grin in front of me as camouflage.
After all, this has been my breakout year. The year I took back my life and walloped the hell out of some big ole dragons.
A side note?
He’s happier too, at not having to be front and center or placed at weird angles, as my human smile shield.
It wasn’t easy.
Sure did hurt a ton.
Took almost the whole summer, but its been worth all the effort.
Yep, this is me.
Oh yeah, before I forget.
Did I mention I’m back and better than ever? Consider it mentioned. 😉