Moonrise swim and the Meaning of Life

Two days shy of a full moon, Alexie, Gentry, Matt and I took dusk pre-dinner swim off my dock. I think we were in at approx. 8:18pm and the guys headed off toward Mt Rainier. Alexie and I followed but ended up doing sidestroke and talking about life and impasses and money and what matters until we had to take off our goggles to swim through the dusk glow (it vibrates a little, you know?). And Mt Rainier turned apricot-pink and then the stinkin' moon was full-like and right on the horizon, and we watched it go from white to egg-yolk orange. And, we basically sculled for about an hour.
Then we got together a huge carnivorous feast and ate our hearts out and my grill had her maiden bbq ride.

Here's a poem I referred to during our meaning-of-life Lake WA scull-session.


And did you get what
you wanted form this life, even so?
I did.

And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

--Raymond Carver

Here's a great quote from Maya Angelou that is so full of meaning and wisdom that the font can only be printed in this teeny tiny size:

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."