Billy Jo was always good at improvising when something happened that fucked up our plans. Well, I think she'd be proud of the improvisation we did today because of the cancellation.
We visited her one last time at Florida Atlantic University (where the flat bed was parked), then drove as far north from there as we could, parked, and walked out onto the jetty of Port Everglades.
Billy Jo has passed through this port entrance hundreds of times. Every single time she went out on a boat fishing while down here, it was through this way. And during her lifetime she did a LOT of fishing.
So, this is where we decided to have our own ceremony, tossing flowers out to sea. As luck would have it, tide started going out almost right when we got there, so instead of being pushed into the inter-coastal waterways, they were taken out to sea :). RIght as we were leaving a giant wave hit the rocks and got quite a few of us wet. I think she did that :).
I really wish we could have seen her lowered, but it just wasn't meant to be. Still, at least personally, I feel closure. That doesn't mean this is easy by any means or that I don't miss her and love her. Of course I do. But she wanted me to lead a long, "normal" and happy life after she was gone, and now I shall try to do just that.
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Throwing the flowers out to sea.
The flowers I threw, headed out to sea.
I am not driving back alone... Brian is joining me. The ride looks a little less "wet" tomorrow than Wednesday with no chances of ice or snow, so we are leaving at about 5am. If we make it back tomorrow night, great. If not, we are still home Wednesday, giving me a few days to compose myself, get re-acclimated to home and the shitty weather, and relax before going back to work on Monday. Hopefully by the time I get home there's pics and video and Billy Jo is finally at rest.
The back of the program for today's boat ride had this quote by JFK:
"I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, our sweat, and in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came."