Our two younger children have accused me of being a helicopter mom, but I don't care; it's a bona fide spring day here in the tri-state area and I'll be darned if I'm going to spend one more afternoon comatose in front of my kindle during siesta time. They don't want to accompany me? That's ok, Nona lives near the lake and she's not planning any major outings at four in the afternoon. She's on her own mission to clear out some clutter while my Father's away and can have some quality time with them while I'm gone.
The sun warms my back, the mosquitos swarm my legs, and the water sparkles. I hardly hear the children playing behind me on the jungle gym. The boats pass and my adrenaline surges. Surely I'll score this time! Just a single sighting, that's all I want. To see her at position number one, starboard side, setting the pace, leading the ladies with her stern gaze and wavy light brown pony tale; her entire body going through that fluid motion, forward and back, forward and back.
I've got binoculars, like the last time, on loan from my Mom. Unfortunately I didn't go through the "binocular checklist" before I chose them from the group of three sitting on the shelf. Is it my middle aged eyes or do all binoculars provide a double picture? I'm reduced to covering one eye while viewing.
I punch in a text to my husband who is on the other side of the lake; he should provide some pertinent information regarding our first-born child as he's closer to the action. In fact, he just drove her here.
Claudio: Yes! B there in five.
Claudio: All right, I'll come to wave at U
Me: Is she in a four?
Me: What is she wearing?
Claudio: MMM, yes, b there in 3
Claudio:I'm here, a tad to the right of the boat house
Me: I love you but im wondering where lucia is
Claudio: Wait, where are U?
Me: At gazebo
Me: My battery is dying. u don't know where she is or what shes wearing?
Claudio: Nope sorry
Claudio: wait, she'll come back from your side
Claudio: I'm standing at dock
Me: I give up
Me: R u running in the woods?
Claudio: sorry, too many rowers today
Me: So I get to see her pulling in to the dock
Claudio: We are still here. they are taking team photos with their shirt-tanks on
Me: All in an afternoon's work as Helicopter Mom.