"How do I dive down there?" -Louie
Key Largo was our destination purely for Louie to see a coral reef. And he did! We went snorkeling and as terrified as I was, seeing Louie slide into the water fortified me. Together we marveled at the coral below, pointed out the fishes and narrowly escaped a couple of jellyfish. People tell me that he is an inspiration to them. I'm just perpetually in awe. Unpredictability can take you by surprise, in all directions. Strong is not a word I would have used to describe Louie before. Now I see his quiet strength and underlying tenacity. Today he dared me, pushed me. He doesn't set out to break boundaries, he is just living as his intuition guides and becoming the person he'll be tomorrow. And helping us all softly shape who we are.
I panicked every time I saw a jellyfish and frantically waved or poked at Louie, he mildly said "next time you see a jellyfish, just say 'jellyfish'". A calm, quiet kind of strength.