One of the toughest parts of tubing down the river is flip flop retainment. They tend to come off and float away, and they move faster than you do. But no more! Matt devised this little fix for Laura, and she tubed along with her shoes dangling from her ankles most of the time. I expect to see this rig everywhere this summer--it's the poor girl's gladiator sandal. If only I had thought to tie my sunglasses around my neck.
We had a quick and lovely trip to North Carolina. Tubing was done, and reading, socializing, and sleeping late. Temp was in the mid-70's up there, and the creek water was cold enough to shrink your hiney.
Hank floated in one of those blue tubes, tied to an adult's tube with rope. When I was with him, at one point he got stuck on a rock. Like, good and stuck, with his tube tilted up, and his body sliding out of it. I was reaching out and tugging on his tube and kicking my legs, and then I abandoned that plan and just stretched out and grabbed his arm to haul him on board my tube. He protested because I was pulling on his arm, but I got him safe and us both unstuck. Then I thought, "Tomorrow will be two months since my mastectomy."
So there you have it. Two months out. The information they give you at the surgeon's office should say, "After two months, expect some stiffness in the affected arm, but you should be able to resume climbing into waterfalls and wrangling a forty-pound child safely over a series of river rocks."
I hope y'all are having a fun-filled weekend. xoxo-b