This trip has taken on a different feeling as he has brought a friend to join him. She is every bit as sweet and gracious as Taka. Their unassuming and polite mannerisms are charming and so welcome in a world that seems to have lost touch with it.
We spent the day on the lake and enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine and good company. Later in the day we welcomed Molly and Keara. They are a big part of our family. We met the Graham's while Sandra and I were still nursing Keara and Meghan. The girls are very close and the adults are as well. Barry took them out for an hour before dinner while I had a little icing and down time.
We had a wonderful dinner on the deck, and in true Graham/ Clout style we played backyard games. We left dishes and clean up and raced to the boat to watch the sunset. Unfortunately the girls ride showed up early and we raced them back to catch it. We successfully outraced the sun once again and sat and watched it set. In Shinako's words....it moved my heart.
What a fantastic day we had, we had many moments that will stay with us. Lots of good laughs but lots of special peaceful moments as well. When you live in Tokyo, laying in Lake Nipisisng motionless, is a very special thing.
It's also pretty amazing for me, I have a difficult time getting into the water, but when I do, it is such a freeing feeling. I am able to let my body suspend and it feels great.
All the activity is difficult for me to keep up with but taking breaks, and having little time outs, along with going to bed very early makes it all doable for me. Although I never want to leave the activity, I force myself, and it is very worthwhile.
Watching the sun set while floating in the large lake is spectacular. We will do it again tonight!