The Boat Tour, part 2

I did it. I went on the tour, by myself, knowing nobody. Whew!

Edison Explorer
Edison Explorer

I arrived right on time, got my ticket, and walked out on the deck to join the others. Wait, let me back up – I came very close to turning around, and I had to take deep breaths as I was driving. My anxiety was high, and I kept thinking about coming back home. But I’d already posted part 1!

When I walked out back, there were maybe 13 people there, in groupings. One couple was clearly staying to themselves. Everyone was older than me, but that was what I expected. The first group I saw, straight out the door, was two couples. I approached, and they all turned towards me (I was so glad there was a table between us, so if they hadn’t noticed me, it wouldn’t have been embarrassing!) I said “Hi, I’m Peggy.” The first guy who had seen me said “Hi” and told me his name (I repeated it, “Hi, _____” so I would remember. (Notice the line is blank.) His wife was Diane – I know ’cause I asked her again later. The other couples’ names both started with the same letter – J, I think. I know I repeated each one. But all I remember is ______. (Depression often brings me trouble with my memory.)

I sat next to Diane as we left port, but once we were allowed to move around, I grabbed my iPhone to take pictures, and ended up sitting on the middle bench of the boat, kinda by myself. But I was ok with that. I listened to the two guides – one told some history of the Edison family, the other talked about the ecology of the Caloosahatchee River. Pretty interesting, took lots of pictures (not great, sorry). Don’t remember much that was said (memory!), but am still glad I went.

Edison Winter Estate when viewed from River
Edison Winter Estate when viewed from River

 

Bird Rookery on Caloosahatchee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decided not to go to lunch with the group – too much to take on today. Ran an errand and came home to the couch corner, where I played on my iPad and watched repeat TV shows until my husband came home. Took a long nap. We went for a swamp walk (on the boardwalk, to see how all the rain has changed the topography since March), then home. And here I sit.

So, some good things: I pushed myself out of my isolation comfort zone. I took pictures. I said hello. I blogged about it – before and after.

And I prayed – oh, how I prayed! All the way to the dock (30 minutes) I prayed and reminded God (😉) that He was with me, and would comfort me, and enable me, and support me, and basically get me through. And of course He did!

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7 thoughts on “The Boat Tour, part 2

  1. Sarah Buchanan August 3, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    Woot, woot! Good for you!!!

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  2. Anne Snow August 3, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    Way to go! If you have to take baby steps its nice that they are on a boat ride, in a beautiful place. David and I toured the Edison Home, if you haven’t done it the audio tour is great — I think Chris would like it too!

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    • peggyricewi August 3, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Chris and I toured the lab, are going back when it’s a little cooler to see the house and gardens.

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  3. DEANE NANCY KINGSBURY August 1, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    Dear Peggy, Thank you for not making us wait too long for Part 2 of your Boat Tour. When we went to bed last night, Dad said he was waiting for Part 2 of your adventure. How long were you on the river? We love you so much! Mom P.S. We are off to hear our new 36 year old pastor for the first time tonight. See if you can find us on FaceBook .. it would have to do with Pastor Horton calling for runners to join him at 7:00 a.m. today. Maybe you can find the picture under Fremont Church of the Nazarene. I have not seen it.

    Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 04:56:43 +0000
    To: midlandprof@msn.com

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  4. Aunt Peggy August 1, 2015 / 8:59 am

    …, and so proud of you… Baby steps! Cheering for you is such a joy! Praying that you feel comforted by God’s presence… Much love ..

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  5. andih94 August 1, 2015 / 8:24 am

    That was great, Peggy. I find it scary enough doing stuff like that on my own on a good day, let alone a bad one. I hope the trip was pleasant and not just an endurance test. You even had enough energy to run an errand afterwards before heading back to the couch. That’s great. I loved the bit where you reminded God about stuff. I do that all the time. He doesn’t seem to mind that too much. 😉

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