I thoroughly enjoy every chance I get to visit my parents. In Colorado, my mom makes the best dinners and it’s great to see my friends from back home. In Bellingham, I get to see my 5-(and a half)-year-old brother and get caught up on what’s going on in his life, along with how my step-mom Sharon is handling it all at the same time. I also get to play my dad in racquetball, which has now become a tradition each time I see him.
This trip was particularly special as my brother Sam was just starting his first week of kindergarten. He also has karate after school, but for a kid that age – his energy lasts all day and into the night.
One of the days, we all went out to the harbor to walk around and feed the birds. The last time I took a trip, we did this as well – it’s really cool because you can basically “alley-oop” the bits of bread to the birds! You throw up a chunk of bagel or bread and the seagull just comes down and SWOOPS on it. By the time we fed a few birds, it started to look like a scene from the Alfred Hitchcock movie & birds were all around us.
I had an idea that I thought I would try out – and to tell you the truth, I thought I might get my finger bitten off. I wasn’t sure how sharp or strong a seagull’s beak was, but I ‘was’ sure that it would be pretty cool if I could just hold a piece of bread up in the air for them to snatch. I gave it a shot, and sure enough – it was pretty damn cool. There were a few seagulls that were a bit suspicious at first, but eventually, one brave soul decided it was worth the risk.