Just two days ago, I was entertaining two elderly couples on my boat – enjoying whales and puffins, and salmon and scenery. Yesterday, these two couples were in a horrific car accident on their way to Seward (the last stop on their Alaska Vacation); one couple spent the day in our local ER, the other couple medi-vacked to Anchorage.
It makes me think about the fragility of life, and that tomorrow is never promised to us. I always try, but sometimes I forget – to be kind to everyone, to be loving, to go visit, or to make that phone call. To treat every day and every encounter with both loved ones and strangers alike – as if it could be your last.
This morning, we learned that Maria’s father Sal is undergoing a very short-notice, very important heart surgery. Last year, they wouldn’t do the surgery, because they weren’t confident that he would survive it. But he went on a diet, took things seriously, and is now in much better shape to undergo the surgery, which must be done.
Yesterday morning, our guests were having the time of their life pulling in 120 pound Halibut; now one couple is back in our cabin for a prolonged stay – trying to recuperate enough so that they can travel home. The other couple faces some uncertainty in Anchorage. Their rental car, a Ford Expedition, is completely totaled. When I pulled the luggage from it last night, I was amazed that all four passengers survived.
If you are the praying type, please do so for Maria’s father Sal, who is in surgery at this very moment, and also for our friends from Texas and Colorado – who are experiencing much pain, discomfort, disappointment, and uncertainty. Thank you 🙂