While kayaking down Lake Lillinonah I reflected on the Indian legend of Chief Waramaug’s daughter, Princess Lillinonah. In a nutshell, Lillinonah fell in love with a white man, her father forbade the relationship and when her lover was late to return she assumed he wasn’t coming. Lillinonah took a canoe down river toward the rapids and when her lover showed up and saw her in danger jumped into the river below. They both went over the falls and died on the rocks below. From this, the gorge derived the name Lover’s Leap. A few thoughts of my own jumped to mind.
1. Let people love who they love. As a mother of two daughters (18 and 19) there will come a day when they bring home someone they’ve chosen to love. No matter the circumstances, may I be open-minded enough to welcome them into my heart.
2. Choose life. No matter how dire a situation may feel in the moment, know you can handle it. Hang in there through the pain and it will eventually lighten.
And then being me, I thought of my motivational speaker friend Linda Larsen’s blog (funny and filled with truth) about her upper arms. Yup, a few deep thoughts and then I went shallow thinking about how my flabby arms we’re getting a rare upper body workout. Paddling on…