Saturday, January 26, 2008
The Lady on the Water
Sometimes there are certain things that just draw my attention... for many years now it has been this boat. My heart skipped a couple of beats last winter when the boat was gone. I went to ask the man at the end of the wharf where the lady was. He immediately knew who I was talking about and proceeded to tell me she was fine and was staying with a friend while her boat was getting fixed. He also told me I wasn't the only one who had asked. That told me there are others that have noticed her.
It is one of the first things I do on our visits to the coast is to look for her... my mind just starts asking so many questions... does she have family? Is she an artist? How does she make a living? Is she a millionaire? Is she french? Does she have a broken heart? Does she get lonely? Does she have any children? Where is her pet duck? What interests her? What does she think about? Does she have a car and where does she park it? What does she do when there is a storm or it is raining hard and real windy? Is this her "little get-a-way?" ~ home away from home.
I have seen her row her little boat to the dock with her pet duck in a bamboo cage. My heart just froze being that close to someone that I have watched and wondered about. She noticed me and said, "Hello," emptied her ducks bowl of food, she put a bouquet of flowers into the basket of her her green bike and proceeded to attach the cage onto the back of the seat. The lady, holding onto the bike walked down the wharf saying hello to the local fisherman and restaurant's trying to get you to taste their famous clam chowder. I immediately wonder and I am concerned, ' Where is she going? The sun is setting and she is on a bike.'
My husband and I discuss her over dinner, and I asked him does this qualify us as stalkers? He answered "Others have noticed her too. But... maybe because you have taken pictures."
Spending the day with her would be on my bucket list. She seems so interesting to me... no, I need more than one day.