I opened the curtains to let the sun in, hoping the tropical storm had passed. It was still very early but I could get a sense of how the day would unfold. At 7 A.M. the sky was steel gray and the the tide was high enough to reach the edge of the condo at our St. Maarten timeshare. Looking down the beach I saw one solitary figure running along the water’s edge, skidding through the surf on his brand new boogie board.
“Josh, is that you?”
He just looked up and kept on going like the Energizer bunny. Few people showed up on the beach that day, but we couldn’t get my son Josh off the beach till dinner time. He spent hour upon hour practicing on that board. He fell off and was swallowed up by the tide more than most people could bear. Every time he fell, he just laughed and got back on…over and over and over again. Some would call it crazy, but really I thought it was special.
Years later I would never forget that day. (more…)