Oh, the vacation was amazing.....we are sun-kissed, relaxed and had some of the best food and wine.
am so happy our fabulous vacation is over' is a statement made by not
one person. Ever. We swam, snorkeled, played and had an amazing time
with my brother. We did have one teeny tiny mishap though.
chartered a boat and went off the coast on a perfect, gorgeous day. At
one point, two sea lions swam by us and then literally, popped up out of
the water and making expressive noises, they then appreared to kiss. It
was so memorable that MiniMac wrote about it for one of his homework
assignments (oh Kindergarten is tough, you go on vacation and take a
stack of work with you.)
My favorite part of said homework assignment? The picture he drew of the sea lions kissing. And when I asked which one is the female, he said, "The one with eyelashes like you." Love!
at our snorkel location, I assure you there were no sea lions kissing.
About 1 minute in, MiniMac and I see several Angel Fish and Clown Fish.
Through his snorkel, he attempts to exclaim, "NEMO!" which you know,
comes out more like mmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMM. 5 minutes into the trip, MiniMac
starts yelping. He wont remove his snorkel so we can't determine the
issue. 2 seconds later I say in my inner monologue, what the H is
that??? as I am stung multiple times on my arm. MiniMac is now crying
full on with a face full of snorkel and mask. We are only about 50-75
feet from the boat, so I basically grab the back of his life jacket and
began propelling him through the water in front of me. Have you pushed a
crying 5 year old through the water before while wearing your own
snorkel, mask and fins and basically swimming with one arm? It doesn't
look like Le Reve, let me promise you. His cries are not simmering to a
whimper either, he is full throttle crying which we see about once per
The crew yanks him out of the water and he cant
even tell me before I see that what ever has stung me on my arm, has
also attacked the top of his leg and his foot. In the past he has had
allergic reactions to bugs to my first reaction "Baby, I am right here
to help you." My second thought was, "OH F_____." It looked like a
hundred little jelly fish bites. The captain told us they were sea
fleas. Really? What is THAT?" I googled it and learned one version is
they are jelly fish larvae but since they are found no where near actual
jelly fish, people don't expect them. That is the power of the ocean
and how a tin can in the water off Seattle can end up in San Diego. The
captain quickly says he has a remedy on board. Since I have been stung
by a jelly fish before, I learned the 'remedy' is urine. Oh, I dont even
want my own urine on my arm, so PLEASE do not come back with a sprayer
full of someone else's urine to compensate for the welt and the pain. He
returns with a can of Coke. I begin to douse MiniMac's leg. Finally, he
calms down. We wait several minutes and then I decide, the best way to
overcome the situation since we know how much he loves the water, is to
get right back in.
He says, "No thank you." Daddy and Uncle Hi Pie
stay on the boat so I get back in with one of the crew and we hope that
MiniMac will see it is fine and decide to get back in momentarily. He
Now, believe me. I am not Chuck Norris so the
creatures of the sea aren't going to run away in fright. And in fact,
my arm hurts like a firecracker blew up my skin so I am wary of
additional dancing with sea fleas, but I go. And thankfully I did. We
end of swimming with a school of hundreds of Angel Fish. Deep breath.
Get over your fears. And swim. It was beautiful.
I am going to contact a marine biologist I know and get to the bottom of the sea fleas. And next time I will pass on the larvae shower.