August 27, 2012

Surviving the Storm- Boat Day 2012

The adoption case took an unexpected turn last week, and while everything is okay, the details surrounding what happened created the perfect recipe for an emotionally devastating few days. My mom came down and stayed with me, we went out and had dinner, browsed a consignment shop for Abiella, and had a good 2 days together.  On Saturday, all my friends were heading out for a day on the lake. I had been looking forward to the day for months.  But as the week came to a close, I honestly didn't think I had what it took to attend. My spirits were at an all-time low. However, my mama didn't agree. She thought that it was the PERFECT idea, and she encouraged me to go, have fun, float in the lake, and spend time with friends. So I gave it some thought, and on Saturday morning I got up, threw on my bathing suit, scarfed down some breakfast, hopped in a van with 7 friends and headed to the docks to meet the other 7. My mom was right.  It was just what the doctor ordered.  All of my friends knew exactly what had happened regarding our case and they were amazing. (Sidenote: In case you were wondering, my husband was on the road.)

The day started out warm, sunny, and promising.  At 9 am we were out on the water, by 10 am the swimming and the cannonballs and the synchronized diving (attempts) were in full force.  By noon the burgers were grilled...


By 2 pm the boat hopping had commenced, the cat-naps were in full-force, the second-round of snacks were being passed around, and then someone said, "Was that a sprinkle?"  And before we knew it we were looking at this sky...


Who turned out to be this guy:


Immediately we lifted the anchor and started driving top speed towards the marina. As we drove, the storm rolled in like a freight train and we were nowhere near the dock.

As the boat flew towards safety we all shuffled around the deck, putting our shoes on, picking things up, packing our bags, organizing our goods, making sure we each knew where our phones were, etc.  We called folks on land and had them watch the news and despite all signs pointing towards: we're about to drive into a really bad storm and this is going to be difficult, we kept smiling and laughing nervously and pretending we weren't scared.  But we were.

And then it hit. I'm not kidding.  It was INTENSE.  At the beginning of the storm the lightning was still "3 Mississippi's" away.  I thought to myself, "Okay, I can deal with that... it's still pretty far."  And then before we knew it there were no "mississippii's" left and as we raced towards the shore, lightning was striking all around us.  I scooted away from the metal railing and made a pathetic attempt to surround myself with as much rubber as possible. Not exactly sure what that would even do, but it seemed like a decent idea at the time :) The rain was so rough, the winds were so high, and the water was so choppy that we were all huddled together in the middle of the boat, secretly praying that our friend driving (major props to Jonny Insogna) was somehow blessed with miraculous vision... after all... none of us could see anything but each other... everything 4 feet away from us was a gray blurb... and yet we kept moving forward... quickly.

Folks, if you've ever been on the deck of a boat when a severe storm rolls in and you can't get to shore, it's an experience.  You're in the middle of the driving rain, getting completely soaked, and desperately aware that you're the tallest thing in the water... oh, and that you  just happen to be made of metal. When we finally docked, the storm was at its peak, and we quickly abandoned everything on the boat and ran into a tiny floating boat-house as lightning continued to strike dangerously close.  We were joined by about 50 other folks (also fleeing their boats) and we waited it out packed in like sardines.


Eventually someone looked outside and realized one of the docks had just broken away, leaving a group of folks stranded.  Awesome.  And then someone said, "ugghhh... looks like we need to distribute the weight a little more evenly because the right side of this building is sinking."  Oh... even more awesome. Despite the crazy circumstances we were still having fun though... Nothing like surviving a severe storm on the deck of a pontoon boat to pump-up your adrenaline.

As soon as it let up (even a little) we ran back to the boat (in the rain), grabbed all of our stuff madly, and raced to our cars.  We didn't even say goodbye to one another.

All in all, boat day 2012 was a huge success though.  We may not have been able to relax in the sun for the remaining two hours of our day, BUT we were given a story we'll probably be telling ten years from now AND I left my friends feeling relaxed, refreshed, and so thankful I had gone.

How was your weekend?

        

14 comments:

Erin said...

Holy craziness! Glad you got out safe AND still got to enjoy some fun with your friends!! I would have been peeing my pants!

Brianne Heape said...

Geeze Louise, Mae! That sounds intense! Our weekend wasn't as exciting, but it was filled with an urgent road-trip to Atlanta, an early (5 AM) drive back home Saturday morning, & a very looooong Saturday filled with painting & sanding. Overall, it was one of those weekends I'll remember for years to come too. :) Glad your weekend ended with you feeling relaxed & refreshed!

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Sara said...

MS - what a great description of our day. My heart is so happy that 1) you decided to come and 2) we survived sans lightning strikes. Love you!!

Carolyn said...

OH MY GOODNESS! How scary! HAHA Glad everyone was ok!

itsmekt said...

woah, talk about a crazy time! at least you were in good company!

Annabelle said...

Glad you y'all made it out safe! I ended up in a storm like this once. It started hailing and that mess hurts! We finally parked under a boat dock that was for sale at a vacant lot and waited until the storm was over. It lasted about an hour. The hard part was having my son (3 yrs old at the time) with us.

Daily Vacation said...

That is absolutely insane! I would have been freaking out! At least you got a fantastic story out of it :)

Kenzie Smith said...

Oh my gosh that sounds so crazy and scary! So glad that everyone is okay and home safely. I would have been totally freaked!

Rachel @ Making Life Fabulous said...

Oh wow, that is quite the story! I would have been so scared, but I'm glad you were safe!

Vanessa {Vanilla and Rose} said...

Wow! What a day! I'm sure you'll never forget this one!

Holly said...

That sounds awesome and scary at the same time! Glad everyone's OK! I hope that it was just what you needed during this crazy time! xoxo

Michelle said...

Holy cow!!! That's a crazy story! I would've been completely terrified. So glad you're ok!

Erin said...

Girl! I just found your blog through Lovely Little Things and can't get over how much I love it! I am seriously sitting here reading post after post. I love your heart, and your vintage design has me hooked :) Now following (obvs!) and can't wait to read more. Seriously. This story is so crazy - glad y'all are ok! ;)

xoxo

erin

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TDM Wendy said...

Oh. my. goodness. And sorry to hear about adoption hiccups. Bummer.