I had a ridiculously fun evening with my fellow moms club ladies last night as we enjoyed our wine and dinner at our monthly Moms Night Out.
We laughed, sometimes even cried as it had been a rough week for a few moms, drank wine, laughed some more, used “adult” language, even told some dirty jokes. All the things that are strictly verboten when you’ve got little ears around.
It was GREAT.
Exactly what I needed on a day that had started poorly and dark for me.
I love the unique bond that moms have. This group of women are very different, yet we have become friends because we stay at home with our children and realized we needed a social outlet and interaction with other women during the day.
At some point in the evening, we began telling stories about cruise experiences. One of my friends and her entire party missed their ship at one of the stops and had to take a tug boat out and climb up a rope ladder to get back on the boat. And then they got a $2000 bill for the cost of the tugboat and the cost for the cruise ship to stop and wait for them! Lesson learned – do not be late!
Another told us of her experience receiving the safety training on a cruise. All the other people had been drinking and could not care less about the safety procedures on the ship. But this was T’s first cruise, and she was not going to risk it! We all giggled out of control as she exclaimed “I knew I was going to be Captain of my Lifeboat if anything happened cause none of those other jackasses were paying attention!”
Maybe it was the wine, maybe it was the atmosphere or T’s very enthusiastic rendition of the story, but I not only found this statement hilarious, but it also really struck me as a very deep statement.
I thought about my day, and how rough it had been, how down I had been feeling. Yes, I am the Captain of My Own Life Boat.
Thankfully I am surrounded by people who love me and are looking out for me, but in this journey… on these rough seas of grief and life and love, at the end of the day, I am the Captain of my own Life Boat. It’s up to me to ensure I make it safely to the mainland. And I’m optimistic I will make it!