I love ferries--the moment I step upon one, I feel like a different person--the vision of an island emerging on the distance fires off some ancient chain of neurons that say, "Rest, relax, retreat." With every trip I take to our lovely isles, I rebound to the heathered cliffs of Ireland & the stark beauty of northern coasts, the undulous arms of our west coast madronas with feathers of sunward bark, & the deep songs of frogs who send us to bed each evening at Tom & Connie's Green Hollow home.
It is with no coincidence that the people of Friday Harbor & beyond have responded with such generosity of spirit, as these two people have made such a huge impact on my life & certainly yours. Their wisdom lead to holding out for a love that I have waited for all my life even if that meant marrying for the first time at 35. And boy, they were right on.
As close to a brush with death this has been, thay have brought us all back to life. Poets, feel free to send me your verse--I may even start a tandem website dedicated just to these guys. Keep the good thoughts flowing, as Tom said tonight, this experience has had a hundred-fold silver lining!