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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sunny Skies...


Believe me, it is not always sunny in Hawaii.  It's raining this evening and it was sprinkling this morning, never mind that though, a bright day was kind of important to me today.  It was going to be a bit of a challenge, because if you aren't having fun or you aren't happy-it's your own fault, so the goal was to just imagine everything about my day as going in the right direction.

I think it's because I went to bed thinking about our friend Rob who was hit on his bike Tuesday, pretty much he is only alive because of his attitude.  I'm not kidding.  The front tire of the car that hit him ran over his head and the back tire ran over his rib area.  His face is swollen like a balloon and he will need countless surgeries to get back in one piece.  It sucks this happened, he is by far one of the most positive friends I have.  I remember when he lost his job, he told me it just means more time to ride bike.  Then he told me I can do anything if I drink Mountain Dew, pickle juice, and V8.  Everyone needs a friend like that, they remind you that life is AWESOME.

Anyways, my butt needed to have the crap kicked out of it for even being remotely sour about anything happening in my life when he is hanging on for his life and smiling right through a broken face.  So... I woke up unbelievably happy, thank you Rob.


The day began with a swim escorted by dolphins and a couple of my buddies who also are good pals with Rob.  We decided to dedicate this swim to him.  We dove off boat tires from the pier for him, played with dolphins as if there was no rush to get anywhere but where we were, and we laughed about all the stories Rob would tell us and moments we have with him...
 

I'm pretty sure one of the dolphins even rolled over for me to rub its belly!  It was an absolutely beautiful morning.  Then I saw the most perfect giant heart shaped coral rock on the ocean floor.  How have I never seen that!?  It was a good reminder to keep everything I love close because you just never know how fragile this life can be.  After that a beautiful purple wana all dried out caught my eye, those are Kainoa's most treasured sea gifts.  I dove down and swam it back to shore for him.  After school I gave it to him and his eyes lit up so wide and bright, more happy than any toy in a store would make him.  Then he dropped it and it broke into pieces.  Never in his 6 years of life has he cried so hard, the tears were just rolling down his face as I promised to find another one.  His fear was that I'd never be able to hold my breath long enough to reach the deep ones like the one he broke.  It amazed me how the most fragile and passionate reasons we cry are usually never for selfish reasons, but for the love we hold for something or someone we hurt, like how bad he felt that all my breath holding went to waist because he broke his little gift I found.  That of course reminded me of Rob too...


It was finally time to ride bike, a nice long solo ride.  No, I'm not afraid of being on the bike even after Robs accident.  To live in fear has never been my style, and I know that life has a plan for me so it does no good to run from it.  I did think about Rob out there though, and the others that have been victims on their bikes, and of all my friends that have been hurt each of them that have the ability to ride have gotten back out there and I know Rob will too.


Thankfully tomorrow is Friday, its my long run day & farmers market day...
Good Night,

Bree



7 Comments:

Blogger Big Daddy Diesel said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to Rob on a full and speedy recovery

May 3, 2013 at 1:38 AM

 
Blogger mark provenzano said...

Diddo Big Daddy! Keep smiling Rob :)

May 3, 2013 at 2:54 AM

 
Blogger JC said...

I always know where to come for a great reminder of how precious and wonderful ALL things in life are. I almost called them little things, but it is so often that the little things really make life so precious.
Wishing your friend a fast recovery. He sounds like a great guy that will pull through this. Xoxox

May 4, 2013 at 5:05 PM

 
Blogger Lynn Kirchhoff said...

Awe...prayers to Rob for a full recovery and back on the bike soon. Came back myself from a bike accident that broke my pelvic bone. Not nearly as serious as he...but can understand overcoming fear of getting back on and letting go that fear. Keep us posted!

May 5, 2013 at 1:31 AM

 
Blogger Lynn Kirchhoff said...

Awe...prayers to Rob for a full recovery and back on the bike soon. Came back myself from a bike accident that broke my pelvic bone. Not nearly as serious as he...but can understand overcoming fear of getting back on and letting go that fear. Keep us posted!

May 5, 2013 at 1:31 AM

 
Blogger Lucy Francis said...

Bree I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Rob, it is wretched when an accident like that happens on the bike (this is why wearing an helmet is so important).
I'm saying a prayer for him and I hope that he's able to recover fully. Being positive and a fighter does help. Send him my love even though we've never met.
OMG! is that what a WANA is? I brought one from my holidays but mine looks a bit green and yes I was amazed It didn't break in my luggage....they're so fragile

May 5, 2013 at 5:39 AM

 
Blogger ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Positive thoughts for Rob. Tell him blogland is pulling for him..

Every time I go out and ride around here (lots of traffic)I worry... more so for my family if something happens.

May 5, 2013 at 8:14 AM

 

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