"...In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or
brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."

~ Anonymous
(taken from Matt Erbele's, It Takes Time to Get Good)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Today I...

Today I swam around this

Photo credit: HunterBlock
The Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. Does it look far? 'Cuz it is.

With these

Photo credit: CelinaMcM Sea lions of Santa Cruz.
Cute 'til one of them swims under you weighing in at around 300 pounds and moving about 30 miles an hour!


Today I am feeling a little like this


Today I went to Mary's memorial.


All I have to say is that it isn't often that you go to church and see a nice, God fearing Episcopalian woman in a Sunday bonnet sandwiched between a 20 year old un-wed mother wearing red sequins and stilettos and a guy with full sleeve tattoos. When they gave Communion over half the congregation (myself included) remained seated. It was hotter than Hell in the church. Hubby said that the heathen count was too high.

BTW, he is the dude with full sleeve tattoos and we were both certain we would immediately erupt in flames if we set one foot on the altar to take communion.

When I looked around at the people that were at her memorial (it was packed) I thought, it really represented her well. That was Mary, a walking lesson in tolerance, acceptance, and a true love of all things "life." No matter how fucked up.


I miss you Mary. Thank you for everything.



4 comments:

Calyx Meredith said...

Yay RBR - what a swim! And what a day. I'm glad Mary's service was reflective of her. (And from what I know of the Episcopal church - 99% of them welcome anyone, and I mean anyone who has ever been baptized to come to communion. Communion or not, though, it's good to hear that so many different kinds of people got to gather in Mary's honor and celebrate/grieve together.)

On a different note ... I can't believe PacGrove is THIS week! Eeek!

Running Knitter said...

Yay! You ROCKED that swim, and yes it DOES LOOK REALLY FAR!

I'm sure Mary is proud of you too.

Southbay Girl said...

I'm sure Mary was looking down on her memorial and smiling!!!!

Lou said...

Congrats on your swim! I would be scared to death to swim with big animals. I'm usually a little freaked around any animals bigger than I am.

I love hearing that Mary's memorial represented so many. I mean, it makes one smile.