It is a sad day for us today. Yesterday we were swimming with nurse sharks, sting rays, and turtles and now we have to go home. The last day of a trip is always tough because if you stay in a place long enough it starts to feel familiar. You learn where the goods spots are to eat, swim, get ice cream, ride bikes, and dip your toes in and watch a sunset. The faces on the street you start to recognize like Jolly Roger that runs the grill by the beach, Bicycle Guy that rides up and down front street with a steering wheel for handle bars, or Wish Willy that walks around and is always good for a hello. The kids even made new friends and gained a little respect from the locals by playing pick-up basketball at the local court. Time here on Caye Caulker slows down. You forget what day it is. You forget what time it is. Your clock becomes the sun. Your body tells you when it is time to get up or go to sleep. I could really get used to living like this, but I know I have to get back to our lives at home. Back to the rat race of work, sports, and family. However, I think I will keep a little Caye Caulker inside me, to remind myself when things get going to fast, to just SLOW DOWN.
Oh, and by the way, I still haven’t put on any shoes 🙂