Happy Friday, everybody! I hope this week was kind to you. It’s going to be a great day in Hilo for Deep and Beyond volunteers and participants. Here’s what it’s all about:
A couple of weeks ago I saw this flyer in Starbucks.
Snorkel Day is one of their key events. Volunteers are trained and then paired with a special needs participants to spend the day playing, splashing, floating… Essentially reveling in the freedom and perfection of the ocean!
I signed up and recruited my friend Beth to join me. We arrived at Richardson’s to find an impressive set up:
We started with sunblock, then fitted the participants with gear (masks, life vests, boogie boards, noodles and fins!!)
The sweetest moment (for me) was when volunteer Katie and participant Christine and I joined hands and became a blissed-out-backfloating-chain. In that moment, we were just three people soaking up the sunshine, feeling content and free.
I was not prepared to feel such a simple joy, and try as I might, there’s no way i can put words to what I felt in that moment. To say water is a great equalizer is an understatement.
Friends Ro and Natasha joined me for the next Snorkel Day at Spencer beach park on Kona side.
I’m pretty bummed that due to work, I will miss the final event of summer. Wishing all of the volunteers and participants a terrific time, and I’ll be there when you start up again!