LIVING VICARIOUSLY May 30, 2012
What a thrill it would be to swim with dolphins. These intelligent, friendly creatures seem to welcome human visitors to their territory and act as curious about us as we are about them.
My son, Bob, recently fulfilled my wish for me. When he and his wife, Pam, visited Jamaica for their 25th wedding anniversary celebration, they had an opportunity to swim with a group of dolphins who are rescued dolphins, free to go where they please. I loved hearing about their trip and seeing the photos, especially this one. For me, it was as good as being there myself – without the hassles of flying.
I imagined myself in the water, stroking a friendly dolphin, accepting a ride through the water. Mentally, I thanked these creatures for being willing to provide so much pleasure to humans who care for them.
Enjoying the adventures of someone else – living vicariously – is what we do when we read. Without leaving my home, I can visit other places, meet new people, learn skills, and develop empathy and appreciation for creatures I will never see in person.
I will probably never swim with the dolphins in Jamaica, but I can read about them any time.