Friday, July 01, 2005
  I had a moment last night
Had a nice little night dive last evening. The water was absolutely crawling with little crabs, shrimp, worms swimming smacking into our flashlights.. We also saw, um, baby squid? That's my best guess. They were adorable.

On the way home, I passed by the exit for 5-95 and was hit by a wave of nostalgia.

I was cold and I was tired and all I could think of was how nice it would be to be going home, to my old home. Like it was back in the day. When I'd come home and would look forward to finding Ed, whether it was buzzing away with loud things on the patio or tapping away on his computer in his office. I'd get a kiss and a hug from my human space heater and get to give him the dive report, excited-Stacey (talking too fast) style. And bedtime would be as it was, warm and snuggled up in the big, navy-blue bed. I can't even explain the way I miss it, but I do so dearly.

I had to smile when I came home and Fluffy ran up, probably feeling very much the way I was: cold, damp, and wishing very much to be in that comfortable place that doesn't have all that much to do with the place at all. Of course, Fluffy was just thinking of the place where the girl gives him tuna and doesn't get mad when he pukes on the bedspread. Fluffy got let in, where he got warm, dry, and fed. I settled for an old dry sweatshirt.

So isn't that cute? A shivering girl's tame fantasy of warm comforters and a boy she misses talking to? This makes me sad.
aww, i just love you.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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