Getting Through This Together

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

“I don’t think I want to do this,” my little sister says, as we walk over to meet Captain Darrell and the friendly folks at the Caribbean WatersportsTiki hut to sign papers that essentially say, if things get funky, we won’t sue.

After doing my own quick gut-check, I ask my older sister (the one who’s claustrophobic), “What do you think?”

“I’m game, but if we’re not all for it, we can skip it,” she says, without a blink or a beat.

We both turn back to our little sister for the last word. No pressure. I mean, we’re standing on a private beach in bikinis and flip-flops. Everything about the scene says no pressure.

“I’m nervous, but if we’re all doing it, I’ll be OK,” the youngest Blades says after a deep breath.

And we were off to kiss the sky — parasailing in the Key Largo on our annual Sisters Trip. (I wrote about the trip and the daring move of parasailing here for xoJane.)

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been thinking about this adventure — and the strength we feel conquering something together — quite a bit. Watching the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy has been sobering and heartbreaking. But I’ve also been struck by the stories of communities, neighbors, strangers coming together to help each other though it all.

Here’s to people being human with each other. Hoping for quick recovery to all affected by the storm.

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