Unbroken

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwe suffered a loss today at avellanas. many hands went to work to keep Randy with us but God had a different plan. we live and learn. we pray for his wife to find comfort.

Today is Sunday. In a few hours, I will congregate with friends, on the second floor of the Tiki, and hear about the Word. I will have a panoramic view of the ocean. Mother, Mother Ocean. I will have one ear tuned and one eye glued ~ to the swell.

Last Friday, my husband and I became part of a rescue. Randy, was a great surfer, a life long New England fisherman and a friend of the ocean. But it all turned on him and in ~ what seemed ~ a very long ~ instant. He was gone.

In Costa Rica, we have no lifeguards. We are on our own. We all know that. It took an hour for the emergency vehicle to arrive, from a town, that’s a twenty-minute drive.

After what I experienced this week, I’m going to take CPR. We should all know CPR. I need to have a breathing mask in my car, to go along with my first aid kit. You never know when you can make a difference.


As I prayed for Randy and his wife, I was remembering another fatal head injury, in the water, “accident”.

We’re always comparing Costa Rica to our U.S. lives. The fastest possible emergency responders were unable to save my brother-in-law. He had his date with death and that was it.

I believe we all do.

But little did I know how the events of that day were going to affect my life, thirty years in the future.


And I don’t know how the tragic occurrence Thursday will alter the days to come. I do know being on the beach the other day, had an impact on my life, and my thoughts.


Will the circle be unbroken? NEVER……

5 thoughts on “Unbroken”

  1. All of us that love and surf this coastline can be more proactive and understand that we need to depend more upon each other to help in situations like this. I live right on the beach in Langosta and I’ve seen many tragedies in the water here and personally have helped some that have been in serious trouble get to the beach here. I morn the loss of anyone that tragically loses their life too early… especially another surfer from my generation who probably loved the ocean and their life here as much as I do mine. Condolences to Randy’s family and all who loved him. Michael Murphy, Playa Langosta

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