We slept in cabins, prepared food, snorkeled 3 times and became part of 1% of the population who have ever snorkeled at night. Algae and sea mushrooms lit up in fiber optic colors under the sea. I monitored the edges of the group and soothed and encouraged little first time snorkelers who were terrified but tried to be so brave.
We all dissected squid with great respect for their lives, lost for our learning.
The Rays and Sharks rubbed into our touch and almost leaped out of the tanks to get a little more lovin'.
Watching children discover, learn, and grow has got to be one of the most satisfying experiences ever. Each child went home feeling a little taller, a little more independent, and a little happier having faced their fears and overcome them.
The last night of our trip, we gathered round the campfire to relive our favorite memories. Tears were shed, gratitude was shared, and no one wanted to go home.
I learned A TON about oceanography,but I learned a lot about my two older ones watching them with their peers. And while some of it was disturbing, I see it as a little God Breeze to let me know, "Hey! you might want to help one of these little ones out with this. Time for a little tweaking!"