The day is March 8, 2014. It is possible for cruisers not to know what day it is, even the the Daily Schedule announces the day, the temperature and lists possible things to do. To read the list was overwhelming. I began to cross of choices I would not take. One was Painting with Watercolours.
“You can’t make me paint,” I said to Wyona. “I tried that on two cruises. I was so happy the choice wasn’t here on this trip. And now they have it in the bulletin. A big no from me.”
I was right about making a choice that was in my best interess and this morning I knew that choice was to get out and walk the deck, to catch up on that good feeling that only a brisk walk can bring. I tried to sneak out the door, putting my exercise clothing on in the bathroom so as not to wake Wyona and Greg.
I was successful getting my first leg in the pants I was wearing. The second I tried while leaning against the vanity. The four foot waves outside gave the boat a lurch and I slid toward the shower. No problem, I would just slide down the wall of the shower door. No door there, unfortunately. Only a shower curtain that gave way. I made the fall as quietly as possible, no sound passing my lips but thinking, wow, that was a lot of weight to hit the ground just now.
The noise must have bolted sleeping Wyona right out of bed. Greg was also upright when I came out of the bathroom to tell them, no, I was still conscious, just embarrassed to have wakened them. I slipped right out the door.
This is a different cruise. Different people in the dining room, ones I have not noticed before in the lectures and now on deck at. It is not the professional joggers on deck. Only people like me. Walking for good health. Someone doing tai chi stretches in one of the corners. All of us walking gingerly over the wet parts of the deck where the ship maintenance workers are keeping the windows and walks clean with their hoses and squeegies. I try not to look at my watch, but to keep walking, stretching tall and tightening muscles in the back and front of my body – holding them, then giving them a soft relax as I walked. The soft relax feels better than the real exercise.
An hours walk was up and I headed for the cabin, but saw some people already going to the Constellation Lounge. Even though dressed in my exercise wear and with wind-blown hair, still I wanted to know what would be going on so early in the morning. Which is the reason why I walked into the Painting with Watercolours class. The teacher was starting in a class really for beginners. I stopped to watch her pedagogue which was so artful. The second time she said, “Now does anyone else need a kit?”, I raised my hand.
Now I have a picture of a glacier. Done by me. Not a glacier that Greg could recognize, but Wyona got it on her first try. I am prouder than punch. Third time with water colours, the charm.