The Creation of Sand in My Pants
By Sue Webb
It’s a great question…with no easy answer. Ostensibly, it’s a book about travelling the world, scuba diving. But, really it is more than just that….
I’m sitting on the patio feeling the warm embrace of the sun. The fountain softly gurgles; the mellifluous water compliments the melodic call of a meadowlark, atop an old oak.
The faint flittering of a hummingbirds iridescent wings announces its arrival. It suspends itself in air, then dives to-and-fro extracting sweet nectar from its feeder. The peaceful scene is suddenly interrupted by an interloper—a renegade species—that makes a sudden kamikaze swoop out of the nearby Japanese maple tree, frightening away its smaller family member.
The air is freshly scented with the fragrance of spring blooms, most distinctly, hyacinths. This is my world now; the world in my book is a different world.
It’s a world that most can’t relate to. It’s a bigger world- more exotic, lusher, more dangerous, and intriguing. It’s about parts of the planet- most will never travel to or be privy to. Having been fortunate enough to privilege the unexplored and underwater portions of our globe, I felt an obligation to share the beauty, the excitement, the discoveries and a bit of the knowledge I gained along the way.
My husband and I, spent over twenty years, exploring the globe. It enriched our lives in many ways. The places we visited, the people we met, the experiences we shared—all melded together—to provide me with an understanding of life, that otherwise I might have only dreamed of.
I learned although we share many similarities as people—we are all individuals. Probably no two people who read my book will come away with the same impression. I wrote about what I found funny, intriguing, or of interest to me. The great thing about a book is, when you open it, you fall it…and it becomes your world.
Comparing different countries, traditions and cultures proved insightful. Although distinct difference were apparent in people; overall people seemed to be pretty much the same. I saw people laugh and cry; express jubilance and sadness. I witnessed a variety of emotions among people, however their kindness impressed the most.
I can recall many examples, I will share only a few for now.
One rainy day on Tonga, out on a mountain bike ride—or push bikes, as the locals referred to them—we got stuck in mud about a foot deep.
Walking toward us, came a thin woman with two young children in tow. She motioned to them, saying something in Tongan; off the youngsters scampered. They soon returned, each with a stick in their hands. The frail female issued more instructions in Tongan. The young boy and girl, proceeded to use their sticks in an attempt to poke mud out from between the spokes.
As I stood there watching them, I thought, what can I possibly give them in return? I recalled I had stashed an orange pop in my backpack. As I pulled it out, the lean woman’s face lit up. “Never had a bottled soda.” I knew it would be shared.
I thought about the two young sisters on Tavenui, Fiji. Although it was their last day of school, they insisted on accompanying me to a local waterfall, so I wouldn’t get lost.
I recalled the taxi driver on Grenada, who proudly welcomed us, greeting us by belting out his country’s national anthem. After he finished, he insisted we must come back, and when we did, we would be family.
So then, I welcome you. Open the cover, and become members of our family. For what I discovered, and you might also after reading my book, we’re all members of the same family- the family of man.
About the Book
Author: Sue Webb
Genre: Travel Biography/Memoir
Length: 298 pages
Release Date: April 10, 2015
Synopsis: Looking for a fun frolic? Whether boarding a plane on vacation, or enjoying a comfy chair at home- you're invited to join me on a thrilling, twenty-year, fun-packed odyssey. We'll share experiences around the globe. I'll throw in a bit of anthropology, culture, geography, history, and marine biology. I'll steep it in wit and serve it up with a generous dollop of humor.
We'll begin our journey by becoming certified scuba divers. In the following years, we will traipse around the planet seeking out new cerulean exotic locales including: the Caribbean, Micronesia, and the South Pacific- just to name a few. Our adventures, however, will not be without a few misadventures. Most usually- the kind you laugh about...later. So, flip this book over, open the front cover-or scroll down; I invite you to dive in.
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SAND IN MY PANTS
About the Author
Her love of reading led her to the Medical Bookstore at the Oregon and Health Sciences University where she spent many years. During that time she became a certified scuba diver; she and her husband Russ, spent the next twenty years traveling the globe in pursuit of the perfect dive.
Logging over 500 dives, Sue decided to share her experiences, in and out, of water. Off the Wall- Dive Tales is her first book. Her published articles have appeared in newspaper and magazines.
When asked why she writes, she replied, "Because I love making people laugh." Humor is her genre, whether it's a funny story about a fish or her cat. She believes the world could be a happier place- one chuckle at a time.