Woke up: Ensenada Gabriele, Isle Spiritu Santo, Mexico
Went to sleep: Ensenada Gabriele, Isle Spiritu Santo, Mexico
Birthday for J.D.
Today is Ed and Melinda’s son, J.D.’s 20th birthday. For his birthday he wanted to dive with the sea lions again. So, off they go.
J.D. loves to read. He has spent a large portion of this trip lying in the hammock reading. He’s 20-years old and thinking of psychology for his life’s work. I went through the books I have on board and found one I thought he might like. The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh.
I used pages from a recent Yoga Journal magazine for wrapping paper. Not having a cake mix, I baked Bisquick muffins with raisins and chopped nuts. After they cool, I’ll top them with homemade frosting in rainbow colors. How hard can it be? Sugar, milk, shortening, food coloring.
The celebration was superb. Although not knowing if he loves the book on Mindfulness at this time in his life, I suggested he sit on it and see if someday it becomes relevant, or not. (Turns out he started it the next day and loved it.) He enjoyed the collage of young, beautiful, female yoga postures adorning the gift, also.
J.D.’s brother, Jake, made him a birthday hat and a handmade card. J.D.’s mom had made a video slideshow – put to music – pictures taken over the first five months of their voyage which started in Bellingham, Washington in August. San Diego seems like 1,000 miles away.
It struck me how abundant our birthday celebration was when, in fact, we have so little on board. We each had to dig deep into our creative conscience to conjur up the goods. It made me think of my mother-in-law, Siggi, who is phenomenal at making something beautiful out of nearly nothing.
After singing Happy Birthday – terribly off key, I might add – we watched Go Pro footage of their day swimming with the sea lions.