Joann does a great job of nurturing my adventurous side. To date, we've gone skydiving, parasailing, ziplining and rolled down a mountain in a zorb together.
Mom is constantly finding deals online for us to expand our adventure repertoire. So last summer she financed our kayaking trip in Newport.
We talked. We paddled. We laughed. We saw a sleeping sea lion, towards whom the waves quickly pushed me. I struggled to put my cell phone away and continue paddling in the opposite direction as it woke up. For a few brief moments, I thought that my brother's speculations had come true: I would meet my fate at the hands of a wild animal whose personal space I had violated.
On my Facebook, I had posted:
Went kayaking with my sister and saw this guy along the way. Thanks Mom!
To which my mom replied: "You don't have a sister."