Today’s Sign of Hope: A Demonstration of Glee

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Photo by Andy Allen

 

I already noted that this Christmas has been unlike any Christmas I’ve ever experienced. One of the biggest changes was not hosting at my home in wintery New England. Instead, my husband, two of my children, and my brother have come to Florida to celebrate at my parents’ new home.

I will admit to feeling a bit unrooted by this.

Yes, I know, I am still with (most) of the people I love best in the world. We have feasted and feasted and feasted. We have played games, laughing uproariously. We’ve seen beautiful Christmas lights.

Still I’ve struggled. Then something absolutely astonishing happened.

After Christmas breakfast–outside, on the lanai–we went for a boat ride. As we left the canal and entered the bay, my brother spotted a dolphin. We watched it breach the water and then swim alongside the boat. So nifty.

Then suddenly, we were surrounded by dolphins. We had cruised into a pod of at least eight young ones. My Mama noted that they must have known that “they have the day off of school” and were out to play. They seemed to be racing one another. Before we knew it, they were leaping and diving and flipping, playing in the wake of our boat. None of us, not even my folks, had ever experienced anything like this. It was the very illustration of “glee.”

And in that moment, I knew that we would all be able to create new traditions, and find new joys in the season.

One Reply to “Today’s Sign of Hope: A Demonstration of Glee”

  1. Having sat in the boat with you when the dolphins arrived at the boat NEXT to us, I tried to take pictures but they were just too far away. I must admit saying to myself quietly, why does that NEVER happen to me? Then it began and I found myself feeling like a small child seeing something for very first time. Absolute glee..Then to be able to capture the moment on my phone camera!

    Now as the new year approaches, it brings a renewed excitement for other special unique things to come. Rather than look at the future with a sense of what will go wrong, I now am looking to the new year with a sense of hope and wonder. All because of dolphins. Does not make sense but I will surely take it.

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