On this perfectly glorious spring day, while families everywhere gather over festive Easter and Passover brunches framed by pastel color palettes, Bruce and I were due to begin cycling south toward the rising sun on the very first day of an epic year-long journey to the tip of South America.
Only, the universe had other plans -- which became abundantly clear to us yesterday, when Bruce woke up with a high fever, shivering and vomiting and unable to say more than three words at a time.
Of course, this didn't get him off the hook for our mile-long to-do list -- which included an 8am appointment 40 minutes away to get our bicycles fit at the LATEST POSSIBLE MOMENT by an eccentric bicycle genius named Eric (while his ambivalent German Shepherd, Duke, chewed a deflated soccer ball in the corner).
When we arrived home -- although the to-do list had mysteriously lengthened -- Bruce went straight upstairs to bed.
And that's where he's been ever since.
Given how similar his symptoms seem to food poisoning, we suspect it's a side effect of the live typhoid vaccine he is 3/4 of the way through.
(Although there is a strong case to be made that it is actually delayed-onset physically-manifesting I-don't-want-to-go-itis -- which, I assure you, is a thing.)
And while it pains me to see him in pain -- and while I wish there was more I could do than bring him water and heat up soup only to watch him rush off to puke it up -- the truth is that I am SO INTENSELY GRATEFUL for this surprise LUXURIOUS gift of an extra 48+ hours!
This morning I ACTUALLY sat outside in the sun with my coffee and wrote in my journal -- for no other reason than because I felt like it! I can't remember the last time I did that!
Later, I might even go to yoga! (Gasp!)
And while there is part of me that's thinking Baja desert in high summer; Central America in rainy season; Patagonia in winter -- there's an even BIGGER part of me that's not concerned, because this is JUST THE BEGINNING of what will surely be an equally epic laundry list of surprise setbacks and changed plans to match the enormity of the undertaking.
So, what the hell? Why NOT start today, on the first of all days?