Getting Closer to Nature (Like It or Not)

May 17, 2013


“It makes me feel closer to nature.”

These are the things that Rich says that make me question his sanity. Carrying five-gallon jugs of water back and forth to fill our water tanks every other day makes you feel closer to nature?

Now that winter’s over and the water is back on at our dock, the idea of lugging heavy jugs of water back and forth so I can do the dishes makes me feel a bit cranky. But thankfully we don’t have to do that because there’s a hose right next to our boat that we can use to get the job done. Yes, I’m a little spoiled by the modern luxuries I had when I lived on land—running water, hot running water, not sharing a bathroom with my neighbors—and I am not giving this one up anytime soon!

But one thing’s for sure, I sure do love that guy. I know we’re married and I’m supposed to know everything there is to know about him, but I like that he can still surprise me like that. While I’m pretty sure he was at least partly kidding about hauling the water, he makes a good point: Living on a boat definitely brings us closer to nature. Yes, even in Jersey City. And there’s something really cool about that. I’m a city girl at heart, but now I love coming home to the marina after a long day at work and the way the quiet slowly calms me, melting away all the noise I hadn’t even noticed while I was in Manhattan. On warm nights I can sit in the cockpit watching another beautiful sunset with only the water lapping against the hull and the chatter of the ducks and geese as my soundtrack. What’s not to like?

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  • Reply Julie Wheatbread May 17, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    What a beautiful life!

    • Reply Monica May 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks, Julie! It is beautiful, but Jersey City is no San Diego. Miss you and the rest of the Norman clan!

  • Reply Susan May 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I’m in awe of your close connection with the outdoors…..not something I ever imagined you doing. So happy that the weather is warming up and you’ll be enjoying lots of beautiful sunsets from dockside.

    • Reply Monica May 17, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      No one could be more surprised than me! Rich is a good influence, I guess. Not that anyone’s going to start calling me nature girl anytime soon. 🙂

  • Reply Joanna May 18, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Isn’t contentment a wonderful state? Joanna

  • Reply Monica May 17, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Is that what this is, Joanna? Whatever it is, I like it!

  • Reply Marji May 17, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Monica – I love your blog and want to subscribe to it, but when I click on the subscribe page it takes me to a page in HTML ? Maybe it’s me….I’m glad the sun is shining in NY or at least it’s warming up.

    • Reply Monica May 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Thanks for reading, Marji! I’m so sorry the subscribe button isn’t working for you. I’m about to switch subscription services so I’ll let you know when we have a new one up and running!

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