My Groovy Girl

The last chapter in M Dawn’s summer saga of the Larson Shark.

 

My Groovy Girl. I met her online, her bright image capturing my attention in a photograph. I dreamed of a life with her, adventure, and recreation. After seeing her in person, actually touching her, running my hand along her sleek side, I was enthralled. I fell overboard.

Then, I took her home, and, as with most new relationships, a honeymoon period only lasts so long. I quickly realized she was not nearly as perfect as she seemed. On the outside, she was lovely, bright, cheerful, the perfect size.

When I dug deeper, I found flaws. Her background was shady, and her inner core was less than pristine. But relationships take work, sweat, and effort. I decided to give her a chance.

 

Bruce and I worked an entire month on the boat. Our goal was to have her in the water for vacation on Chincoteague Island. After his daytime job of mulching, mowing and pruning, and mine of caring for elders, we met in the garage after supper and worked on rebuilding the vessel until bedtime each night. Working on a boat in a hot garage in July is not fun, no matter who the company is or how much you love them.

 

With a week to spare, she was ship-shape, with all new interior, a motor that cranked when the key turned and refurbished seat cushions. We bought all the required safety equipment and Bruce waited in line for three hours at DMV to get the trailer licensed. The only thing missing was our boat title and registration. All the required documents had been sent to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. We were told it could take up to thirty days to hear from them. We did have a thirty day temporary registration from Walmart. With that, at least we could put the boat in the water for vacation.

I had a dream the night before we left for Chincoteague that I was standing in the boat, dock line in my hand, drifting out to sea. I was supposed to toss that line to my husband, but I didn’t. I watched Bruce standing at the end of the weathered gray walkway. He waved his hands frantically, yelling something. I was out of earshot and he tried unsuccessfully to mime how I should start the boat motor. He wasn’t making sense to me. I kept drifting until my husband was a small dot, then he and the shoreline disappeared as I was lost at sea.

I’ve never owned a boat, never driven one, never docked one. Bruce never has either, but he’s resourceful, has good common sense. I’m dumbfounded in new situations.

 

Today, we took the cover off the boat, hooked the trailer to the truck and drove to Memorial Park. Bruce backed the trailer onto the boat ramp and released the strap holding My Groovy Girl in place. I stood in the boat with the dock line and threw it successfully to my husband. He tied us securely until he parked the truck and trailer.

She rocked a bit as he stepped in, but her motor started right up and she took out to the open water of Assateague Channel with Bruce at the wheel. I leaned back against the seat cushion, tilted my head, face to the sun, and felt the cool salt water spray me as we motored across the channel. I stretched my legs, crossed my feet at the ankles and reveled in a brand new experience.

My Groovy Girl, she’s a keeper.

 

My Groovy Girl and images © 2011 M Dawn Thacker. Read M Dawn’s latest on Now.readthisplease.com

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