Tell me about your absolute best day ever! How old were you? Where were you? What made that day the absolute best?
Two days, both spent in the hospital bringing my children into the world. I was in my early 30s and discovered my purpose in this life, previously unknown depths in my ability to love, and the terrifying reality that there were no lengths to which I wouldn't go in order to protect it.
I have fun every day. Here's one experience I will never forget:
Standing in a Rainbow
At age 23, I backpacked on Mt. Shuksan in northeast Washington. That evening, we camped above the tree line around 7,000’ elevation. We saw the sun set behind Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The next day, a massive storm blew in. Hail piled up like snowdrifts, washing small ptarmigan birds downhill. "PEEP! Peep…peep…pe…”
Lightning struck around us. “Here, you hold my ice axe.” Pouring rain soaked us to the skin. Sun shone in a nearby valley.
And we stood in a rainbow. We saw the rainbow colors on each other’s faces. I stuck out my arm and marveled at the colors on my arm. It only lasted for a minute or two. We were not high. My hiking partner was a medical doctor.
Afterward, the sun steamed our backs as we slogged our way to the car.
This was a PEAK experience in my life.
I met two other hikers who stood in a rainbow high in the mountains during a rainstorm. People don’t believe them, either. Men lecture me on refracted light and insist it is impossible. Mansplaining.
The day I opened my door and my ex-girlfriend was standing there. She had driven from London to Cambridge to come and ‘sort things out’ after a year apart.
That was in 1995. We were married in 96 and she’s still the absolute love of my life.
She admitted afterwards she’d packed a spare pair of knickers ‘just in case’