I can’t believe our little Maria (nickname Rascal) turned three on April 26. Even though we still call her “the baby”, it hit me on her birthday that she’s really growing up. Marc and I comment on a frequent basis how much Maria has matured during our short time thus far at sea. This was a low key birthday but one we will never forget.
The special day started with our dear friends Chip and Elizabeth and their dog Willy coming to visit us at Staniel Cay. We met Chip and Elizabeth back in Fort Lauderdale. Our boat was docked next to their boat Mambo and we became instant friends. Despite only knowing them for four months, they are like family. Chip and Elizabeth made a special trip down to The Exumas in their boat to visit us. And the timing was perfect since they arrived just in time for Maria’s birthday. Having them celebrate with Maria was the real icing on the cake.After breakfast we all went snorkeling at Thunderball Grotto and Maria loved it. As all the fish swam around her, she squealed “Pish!”We then had a birthday party on the beach and invited other cruisers we had met. We headed to the beach and within a few minutes we could see all the dinghies in the distance headed our way. Maria was so excited she started running in place.
I must admit that back in early March when we left Fort Lauderdale, I did not have the forethought to purchase birthday presents in advance. Luckily Chip and Elizabeth brought a Barbie, a Little Mermaid and chocolate frosting with them after I sent them an urgent message two weeks before Maria’s birthday. The e-mail went something like, “Help…I have no presents for Maria’s birthday and I forgot to buy frosting. All I have is a cake mix and candles. Please bring a Barbie and chocolate frosting.” Somehow Elizabeth knew Maria would like a Little Mermaid more than a Barbie so she bought both. Turns out Elizabeth was right because Maria dropped Barbie like a hot potato and was all about The Little Mermaid.
The day ended with a bath, fresh pjs and then a beautiful sunset. The perfect ending to a perfect day.Maria, we love you so much. You bring us so much joy and laughter every day. We love your sweet voice, your bear hugs, your pig snort imitations, the gritting and showing of your teeth when you get excited, and your funny sayings like “Mia Happy”, “Oh Tay”, “BaHAmas”, and “Nighty Night Sailboat”. We wish we could freeze time because we love every second of this tender age of three. Happy birthday Rascal!