Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Best Sunset Ever

Last night I experienced the best sunset ever.  Of course, this is quite a statement considering glorious sunsets are par for the course when it comes to living on a boat in the Caribbean.  But last night's was particularly spectacular; not because the incredible colors (they were incredible!), and not because it was our first full-blown sunset in months (the marina doesn't offer spectacular sunset views), but last night's sunset was my absolute favorite yet because I got to share it with a child who, for the first time, was literally "wowed" by the whole phenomenon.

Scott ran to shore with our buddy Luuck for a quick happy hour and Isla and I sat in the cockpit, chatting away, nibbling on dinner and enjoying the quiet peace around us.  Suddenly, she looked behind me and started pointing excitedly: "WHOA!!" she exclaimed in amazement.  She looked back at me with wide-eyes to be sure that I, too, was registering what she saw.  The palette of purples, pinks, blues and yellows on the horizon was indeed beautiful.  Isla couldn't get enough of it.  "Whoa! Whoa! WHOA!!" she would blurt out, over and over.  It was amazing and I don't think a thing in the world could have wiped the smile from my face at that moment.  She watched in awe as the sun transformed the sky, and I watched in awe at how much this mini person has enriched - and continues to enrich - our lives.  Watching a sunset in the Caribbean is quite a treat, but watching it through the eyes of an enchanted child?  Even better.

I have video proof of this, of course internet is too slow to upload, but I captured it.  Perhaps I'll find time to share it later on.  Anyway, we're raising anchor shortly and heading for Ronde Island.  It's uninhabited so it's unlikely that you'l be hearing for us from there.  I'll write more when I can!  In the meantime, try to live your day with a little more "whoa!"
Read her lips:  WHOA!! 

9 comments:

Melody s/v Vacilando said...

I can't tell you how much I love this. :)

Neophyte Cruiser said...

Life through the eyes of a child is an innocent and enchanting perspective that you are lucky enough to share. You did a superb job of capturing it in your blog. Isla is growning up so quickly.

Carol Florida U.S.A. said...

I agree with Melody, Brittany!!! What a lovely, lovely, feel-good post!! Your "narrative" has made us really "be there" and able to "hear" Isla's exclamations!!! But, I must admit, that I also almost heard her saying "All gone . . . all gone!!" . . . turning to you, wondering where it all went . . . when the colors, all too quickly faded and disappeared below the horizon!! Thank you so much for sharing your darling child, and this special moment with us!! How wonderful that (imitating you and Scott, I'm sure) Isla has learned to appreciate such spectacular and awesome sights . . . and, also, that you were quick enough to capture the moment with your camera!!! <3 <3

Dave said...

Isn't it amazing how much we see when watching through the eyes of a child? As my kids have grown, I have developed a whole new appreciation for the wonder in the world. What a great post!

Tricia @ www.roadtriptheworld.com

Robert Salnick said...

and that's why cruising with children is so great!

bob
s/v Eolian
Seattle

Alex said...

I know it's repetitive, but can't help it: what a BEAUTIFUL post !!!

Dean and Katie said...

I agree with all of the above!! Hugs to you all!!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

BEYOND gorgeous, the sunset and your daughter!

Barbara said...

Aww, Isla is so cute! You'll get affected by her "woah" on the picture. Best picture ever! I envy you guys, you can have all the best sunsets you can see in the sea (see the rhyming I did?). My dream sunset is from a wide grassland with animal shadows, especially giraffes, I think that's too much already to wish for. Haha! In case you go aboard Asia, you may check out some of these places with awe-inspiring sunsets:

http://www.stonemagazine.net/2013/03/01/take-the-time-to-see-the-sun-set/

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