Some days, it doesn’t pay to take a day off.
Case in point — a recent Wednesday and my group of friends from college were at the beach, about an equal number of kids to adults. They were all down there for vacation, ranging from a week to a few days. I had one day, and I was determined to make the most of it.
So my old roommate convinced me I should take the sea kayak out. Sure, why not?
The tide was coming in, making the breakers numerous and strong. I decided to try to drag the boat out just past the waves before I got on.
That was the second mistake. The first mistake was agreeing to take the sea kayak out in the first place. I steadied it and attempted to climb board, when a wave took it out of my control and dropped it onto my head. That happened more than once.
Then there was the wave that caught me off-balance and managed to scrape my knee against the bottom. And then my friend Amee’s dog decided head-butting me in the lip would be a fun thing to do.
And yet, the black eye, swollen lip and strawberry on the knee were all worth it for eight hours at the beach with folks I hadn’t seen in a couple of years.