Thursday, July 18, 2013

Windward Spirits, IV


     In so many ways I can't believe it's over, but I think it's about time to wrap these tales up; to get back to the present, to make new adventures. I've really enjoyed sharing this these with you, this wonderful little community on the web. It makes me feel like I get to bring you with me in a some way. Here's my last journal entry. Hopefully you enjoyed our little journey. 

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Two weeks isn't much time really, but cuts and scabs healed in this time, the moon waxed and waned and I was changed, even if only ever so slightly. 

I thought about this now as I watched the clouds pour over the cliffs surrounding the harbor on our last night. If anything, I know now that I'm more capable of patience in times of frustration and stress than I ever thought I could be as a child laying in my room crying hysterically over some tiff with my parents or fight with my sisters; breaking the shoe phone I earned from selling gift wrap because of my bad temper. I know more of what my family members need and have more clues that show me how I can help them to be their best. 

The most important lesson from this trip? Be willing to help, be capable of letting things go. 

Sometimes I wanted to sleep in later, eat dinner earlier, not hike to the next beach over.

One morning Scott and I lay half asleep in each other's arms talking about the details of our dreams. Next thing I know, my dad needs help with the kayak and Scott leaves our sleep soaked state to assist him. Then the engine's on and diesel fumes are climbing into my lungs like hungry monsters. While I'm in the bathroom shaving the boat flies and dives over the waves on gusts of air like a tern hungry for her next meal. There's a squall and huge swells and other boat words for rough barf-a-licious seas. I cut my armpit and want to throw up everywhere. I don't. I go upstairs. I want to complain, so I do. But not in a this is everyone else's fault, I want to go home kind of way, but in a this is a funny adventure, we will always talk about these trips, kind of way.

I've tried to learn that you have to look at it this way. You have to laugh when you can. And not just because my family members aren't immortal vampires who have all the time in the world to be together like I sometimes wish, but because it helps us grow as individuals. And while we're doing that, we're growing together.

So you mostly don't say "You cleat this!" or "I want my playlist!" or our personal family favorite "Sucks to suck!" or maybe sometimes you do, but you smile and you hug and you remember to say sorry and then you write it all down so you can remember what makes you a family. 



p.s. my clothes and suits are courtesy of Roxy in case you like 'em :)
I love this suit and this one too

p.p.s. most of these photos were taken by Scott. I'm trying to encourage him to get a public instagram or photography site, but so far it's been pretty slow going. Not sure he's as into being in the public eye as his wife :)

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15 comments:

  1. The pictures are absolutely breathtaking! You have a beautiful family, my friend. Tell Scott he indeed has the eye of a photographer.

    PS. in LOVE with your swimsuit

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  2. Scott NEEDS instagram...his pictures are always so amazing, SERIOUSLY! What kind of camera does he use? And I loved reading about all your wayward family adventures. You are so wise to just smile and laugh and embrace your differences. So happy you had such an amazing trip Devon!

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  3. The photos of you all before, during and after the water fall over the rock from the ocean cracked me up! What a great catch!

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  4. These pictures are all great and they all look like a lot of fun... but... that turtle one stole the show for me. So awesome

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  5. These pictures are all great and they all look like a lot of fun... but... that turtle one stole the show for me. So awesome

    S&R
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    New Post!
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  6. The photos really are fantastic, Scott is very talented I think. I can see how much fun you all had. So glad you had such a great time.

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  7. This trips looks amazing amazing! And I love the little lessons you pulled from it, "be willing to help, and capable of letting things go." Need to remember that one :)

    PS. amazing photos - he should get an instagram! xo

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  8. Great post to sum up your trip! I agree, Scott definitely needs to start showcasing his photography! These are great!

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  9. You make me want to do this with my family even if there are downsides. I have two younger sisters too and I totally get it.

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  10. Beautiful photos! Being on a boat with anyone for longer than a few days would be difficult just because everyone is used to having their own space. Sounds like you guys had a great time, though, and were able to get through any obstacles. Is that a real turtle! These photos look like they could be in a magazine!!

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  11. You're a wonderful writer, Dev. It's so fun hearing about your adventure. I think it's really cool that your family did this. Such amazing memories!!!

    Cheers,
    Em

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  12. Between your writing and Scott's photos - wowza! :) Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your trip. It looks amazing, even in those moments you describe, the ones that help us grow if we let them do that instead of just making us cranky ;)

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  13. wow! what beautiful photographs! a true photography inspiration for me.

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  14. "Be willing to help, be capable of letting things go." Such words of wisdom, wow.

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