My husband and I spent a delightful day in Cabo San Lucas. The sun sparkled on the turquoise water as we made our way in a glass bottom boat to Lovers Beach and Pelican Rock. Our tour guide explained that the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez meet with the raging waves of the Pacific Ocean, creating a blissful paradise enjoyed by tourists from all over the world.
As our small, bobbing water vessel approached the rocky area where Chris planned to snorkel, I lost my balance, and my whole purse became submerged in the salty ocean. All my belongings including our passports, my cell phone, and my recently purchased paperback books from Scholastic got an unwanted bath. While onlookers snickered and offered looks of pity, I cursed out loud.
Thankfully, most of my things dried out quickly in the warm afternoon sun, and my iPhone 6 Plus remained undamaged. The only items that appeared spoiled beyond repair were Saving Wonder by Mary Knight and The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Loyd. As I turned the soggy, limp pages I frowned, imagining the look of disappointment sweeping across my students' faces when I showed them the warped covers and the crinkled edges. Underneath the ruined exterior two beautiful books about hope, adaptability, and friendship remain. If only the reader can get past the obvious blemishes and scars.
I'm writing this blog from the ship library, a location I find solace, peace, and serenity. These waterlogged books are my traveling companions, and although they appear tattered and torn, I am glad they took this trip with me.