I'm truly spoiled! My day today included kayaking on the bayou in Tarpon Springs while watching the manatees lazily swim around and then kayaking on the gulf with a dolphin frolicking nearby. Blessed is what I am. Seriously! I've been back in Florida since Dec. 22 staying with my parents in the house on the gulf and enjoying time with family over the holidays. It's been busy much of the time, but the last few days have been good vacation-like ones. Yesterday we rented the kayaks (my parents are buying some and so we rented 3 different kinds so they could try them out) and took them out to Fort DeSoto. I'd requested a trip to Fort DeSoto at some point while I'm here. Mostly for nostalgia's sake. We camped there a lot when I was a kid and I hadn't been back since I was about 15. We kayaked through the back waterways and then mom and I walked through the fort and then walked on the beach looking at shells. The only thing that would have made me feel more like my childhood was if we actually camped and then rode our bikes to the beach and fort and I ran through the rooms hollering to hear my voice echo through the rooms.
Now we've just come back from eating down at the sponge docks in town at one of the greek restaurants and I feel again as if I'm very blessed. There is abundance in my life and I'm so appreciative of this time to relax, play and soak up the time with my wonderful parents. In 2 weeks I'll be working at my new job and life will be very different than it is in this moment.