For the past year, I have been on a mission. My question was, do miracles really happen? Then I started observing small things.... and some major. I watched a family narrowly miss getting hit by a car, I watched the sun come up, everyday, on time, I saw flowers bloom, hate turned to love. Good grief, I saw a lot, and continue to see it. Once I stopped expecting and started observing, my perspective changed. I have also become more grateful to be alive, and thankful that I am a small part in this huge tapestry of life.
We headed out to Ocracoke Island for our end of summer vacation. We dragged the sailboat and windsurfing equipment out and I was excited about the great wind forecast.
But, alas, Tropical Storm Gert/Hurricane Gert swooped in and sucked all of the wind out to sea.
Man, I was disappointed. I had waited all year for this and now, no windsurfing for me. I was on vacation, with my family and it took a lot of hard thinking to reset my mind.
We did get in some good sailing, and I sent to wife and kid out on a para sail trip!
|The wife and kid, 800 feet above the Pamlico Sound|
|Me, living the dream on the Pamlico Sound|
|The Ultimate Windsurf Mobile|
|We saw sunsets, on the beach|
|And from the sailboat|
|Poor conditions for windsurfing, tend to be good conditions for sailing....and parasailing|
|We met some amazing locals on the island. Locals who invited us into their daily life!|
|The last evening, the wind finally kicked up just enough....thankful.|
We pulled onto the ferry, and headed towards Swan Quarter. I wandered the deck with the kid and the dog, talking about the week, life and stuff. Quality time that I don't regret. 2.5 hrs later we started the engine to point west and head for the mountains.
The start of the miracle. Last year, we made this trip in the mini van. Over the winter, we were able to purchase a pick up truck fits out lifestyle needs. Had we been in the min van when this happened, our options would have been severely limited.
Solutions raced through my mind. It was 4 pm. 4 hours til sunset. 20 miles to the nearest town: Belhaven. I unhooked the trailer and decided to drive to find a tow service or possibly a U-haul Trailer.
3 miles up the road, at a roadside convenience store and deli, I could not believe my eyes. A U-haul trailer rental site, with the exact trailer that I hoped would work. Hopeful, I went inside and rented the trailer. I felt like it took forever for the guy to slowly type in all the info, with the warning that often times, the U-haul system does not work right. Arggh. We were burning daylight.
The folks were very kind in understanding our plight though and we were soon on our way. I hooked the trailer up and drove back to the broken boat trailer. Everything was as we left it. I turned around and got into position. I was going to figure out some way to hoist, winch, drag that boat trailer up onto the U-haul trailer.
As I got into position, a jacked up, blacked out Chevy Silverado pulled up and I heard angels singing: " Do yall need some help?" Without looking up ( I get pretty focused sometimes) I said: " I would love some help!". The fellas pulled over jumped out and went to work. Less than 1 minute later, another truck pulled over and a guy jumped out to chip in. 5-10 minutes later, another guy stopped by to get in on the action.
Do I believe in miracles? Yes. Miracles happen, when we least expect them. Not on demand miracles though. Not miracles to get us what we want when we want it. No, miracles that surprise us and get us what we need when we don't know that we need it. An extra boost, an extra bit of encouragement, a fresh perspective on life.