I might have shared about this already, but I’ll share it again, because it’s on my mind…
I was thinking tonight about this boat thing.
(Well, actually, I was thinking about Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and how I’m looking at reading it with a friend, so we can talk about it, but that this time I might do well to make a list of reasons why it’s good that I didn’t live in Pride and Prejudice times.
You see, I usually get lost happily in the story, such that I am sad when I finish it and just return to real life… it only ever takes me a couple or few days to read, because I end up doing little else once I start reading it.
And so, at the end of it all, I am covered with a sort of depressive feeling of my life being inadequate and/or uninteresting and I likely to be anything wonderful compared to the world of which I’d just been dreaming in Jane Austen’s book.
Anyway, so I was thinking about making a list of reasons, right?
I’d thought, ‘Oh, the whole bathing part makes me glad I don’t live there… that’s for sure,’ because I like being clean, and clean didn’t seem to be so precise a thing in those days, and smelly was all too common…
‘But then,’ I thought, ‘I couldn’t have ridden on speed boats or gone water skiing…, though I could have ridden on big boats between countries… like the Titanic!… only not the Titanic, because that was terrible, and, besides, it was much later in time, anyway…’
And that was then I thought of tonight’s topic renewal!)
Sophie Kinsella has a book where the main character has amnesia… when she watches her wedding and honeymoon DVD to help jog her memory, she sees herself beside her husband, who happens to be driving a speedboat.
She is absolutely delighted by the fact that her husband can drive a speedboat(!), and brings it up in her mind somewhat regularly, partly as a reminder that it it worth staying with him, despite the fact that she doesn’t remember him or seem to have a connection with him, and partly just as an adorable and silly reminder of how amazing her life has become (since she can last remember it), because, goodness, a man must be amazing if he can drive a speedboat(!), and it is even more amazing to be married to such a man.
Totally silly, I know, but that in no way changes the fact that I love it every time I think of it.
The main character does such a good job of convincing the reader of her belief in the fact that her husband’s skill is spectacular, that I found myself even thinking how amazing it would be, even dating someone who knows how to drive a speedboat.
‘Wow!’ I would think, ‘What could that be like, knowing, let alone dating or marrying, such a person?’
And this thinking continued for rather some time – even a couple or few years, I dare say – before something absolutely absurd hit me.
Growing up, two of my grandparents lived in a private community of lakes a ways North of Houston.
It would take us about two hours, door to door.
My uncle kept a ski boat there.
And we grew up kneeboarding and water skiing.
The damn broke terribly when I was supposed to start to learn to ski, but I eventually had the opportunity, when the damn and lake were restored.
And so, for the last couple years my grandparents lived there, I was the only child living at home, and so the only one who went to visit with my dad whenever he went up (the other went, too, but nowhere near as often).
My dad, therefore, taught me just about everything needed in terms of caring for and using the boat.
The ski boat… a speedboat…
Meaning, of course, that I not only know my dad as someone who can drive a speedboat, but that…, well,… I know… myself… you see…
Yeah… not too sure how I missed that one… for years.
Not so impossible after all, to find someone who can drive a speedboat. 😛