We were in Hawaii, on our honeymoon. In an attempt for The Husband and I (who are exact opposites) to agree on something we could do together, we decided it would be a good idea to try a boat trip that offered both scuba diving (for him) and snorkeling (for me).
For me to even agree to go snorkeling- was a stretch. But I was young and dumb and The Husband was able to convince me to go because this was before I knew how many things swim in the ocean with you in Hawaii. Please understand my ignorance of these things was due to the fact that prior to this I had been swimming in New Jersey beach waters, which are so dark it is generally unclear who or what is swimming right next to you. You're lucky if you can see your own two feet.
|A rare sight: Jaybird snorkeling.|
Things actually started out well for me on the way there. The sun was shining and a beautiful Hawaiian breeze was blowing. The water was calm and inviting. While The Husband was off talking SCUBA with a bunch of crazy people who were looking forward to doing it I, as usual, went off on my own to find my fun. Right away, I met and made myself a fabulous new friend.
For some reason, gay men and I are like peanut butter and jelly; we just go really well together : ) It was fate that the one and only man on the boat (who wasn't there on his honeymoon or for his anniversary) was gay. Right away he and I, naturally gravitated towards one another. We fell into an instant camaraderie discussing our love of Australian men (one in particular) and bonding over the bad fashion choices currently surrounding us, while sipping delicious, fragrant Kona coffees and noshing on some really fantastic croissants. Turns out, this wonderful new friend of mine, was a male nurse and a guest of the Captain. We were having the best time too, until, the weather started getting rough and the tiny ship was tossed... And unfortunately, that tiny ship wasn't the only thing that was ready to toss.
When we finally reached our destination the waves were calm and we anchored. I thought it might make my stomach feel better if I just jumped in the water. Not a good choice. I wound up getting SO seasick. (Yes, I probably deserved it for being so catty and dissing the fashion victims surrounding me) In any event, I was miserable.
The Husband and all of the SCUBA peeps were somewhere around 60 feet or so below me when I started getting sick. I can't even tell you how embarrassed I was. I thought I would die. But it gets better. Because I had essentially started chumming, I was attracting lots and lots of different types of fish around me. I looked up and OH MY GOSH, it was like out of the blue I was surrounded by a ton of sea creatures that wanted to EAT my sea sickness!!! And then, here comes a freaking OCTOPUS swimming towards me. Gah!
For those of you who know me, you know, I am a big fat chicken! Seeing an octopus coming straight at me is like a nightmare come to life. I think if it had come any closer, I would have passed out dead in the water. I was dying. I had to get out of that water before it got me. But I was surrounded by sea creatures in every direction and I didn't know where to go or what to do. But God is good, and He had lovingly provided me with a Guardian Gay. As soon as he saw I was in deep distress, he acted fast. He came to my rescue, throwing a floaty device out to me and gallantly pulled my chummy butt back up onto the ship beside him.
Did I mention how awesome my new friend was? Or that he happened to be a nurse? Well, he was both. And he went above and beyond the call of duty to try to make me more comfortable and took such good care of me. He produced a warm, soft blanket from somewhere, a lollipop (to take the icky sick taste out of my mouth) a cold water bottle and two Dramamine. He stuck by my side the whole rest of the trip, refusing to budge an inch, even though I told him over and over to save himself; he did not have to go down with this sinking ship.
|Me after getting sea sick. I'm still sucking on the lollipop stick.|
At the end of the day, when The Husband's air tank was finally empty and he came up out of the deep, he was met by quite a pitiful sight. But he was so excited and thrilled with his new discovery he didn't even notice the sad state I was in. He came up and said, "Babe, you have to come check this out! You'll never guess what attached itself to my face mask. An Octopus! Isn't it the coolest thing ever?"
|The Husband and a friend.|
I'm sad to say I lost contact with my friend in Hawaii. I tried to look him up on Facebook but never did find him. Even if he isn't an active part of my life now, I will never forget him or the kindness he showed me that day on the boat. :)