Before I go into the beauty of what we experienced today, I just want to share my gratitude.
I am treated like a princess with Papi. Doors are held, chairs pulled out, everything where I am put first by the gentleman.
I certainly do have a sweet gentleman in my life. My love has always been this, but it seems that I notice it more when I'm around people from other countries and walks of life.
I feel as though I'm wearing a tiara when my love is so good to me and other women don't get the same treatment.
The other half of my gratitude?
2 and a half years ago, I was in a wheelchair, my brain injury causing me to walk like a drunk. It was awful and it felt like I was always walking on a canoe on water.
I struggled to learn how to walk again, yet today?
Today I climbed a fucking mountain of amazing glory!!!
I trod through rocks and boulders ...
with a little help from the guides and Papi ... my balance is still not the best
... making my way up the country side climbing up 7 waterfalls.
The object of the game was to get to the top of the 7 waterfalls,
although there were 27 ... we would only be doing the first ones
and then slide down each one of them that we climbed through.
The men and Papi all helped me up every single rock, every single pool of fresh Dominican water and every single steep climb that I had to make it through.
But I made it.
I made it to the end of the journey and then the fun began.
This injured body got to slide down waterfall after waterfall. I was light and strong. I fell into pools of glorious fresh mountain water.
I can't even tell you how amazingly lucky I felt that only 2 and a half years ago I couldn't even walk to the washroom on my own.
Here I am.
I am living.
I was able to go on the Jeep Safari with a man who called himself 'Indiana Jones'. And yes, the journey up the mountain was just that. A movie to me. Reality for everyone, but to me it was like I had never lived before this day.
By the end of the day, we had the privilege of supporting a community by buying their art, giving out $50 worth of school supplies to a local school,
goddam ... seriously ... it was beautiful to give
and we got to try coffee and cocoa from a local woman who crushed the beans and made it right in front of our eyes.
The beauty of this land is so damn amazing that I seriously wish I could just stay and never go home.
We plan on moving here soon enough, but I'm just amazed at the land of lush.
Sorta like a 2nd honeymoon, along with a monumental moment of climbing that mountain I've been working so hard to climb.
I have arrived.