I live, alive, free and loved

Prompt: Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors). ~Ali Edwards

Floating down the river Styx with my family. The brown/ orange (muddy) river water cool/cold under my bum, so refreshing. The sun hot on my body, folded into the plastic of the inner tube. A yummy lunch with our friends along the way. Little fishies in the water, The occasional sound of gunshots from the shooting range down the road (oh Alabama).

This year (our third year on the Styx) Remy decided he would ride on his own tube for much of the time. It made me slightly anxious at first but oh so proud of his independent spirit as he quickly showed me he was up for the challenge.