As we reach close to the middle of the lake, we realise that all the pedaling is energy draining. And that it isnt quite the ‘romantic experience’ that it seemed from the banks.We huff and puff. And pedal. To get to somewhere quiet. In the lake that is.
We are quick to realise that
a. Pedaling this contraption is not a walk in the woods.
And whenever a boat passes by, we see similar drained out faces. And they peer into our boat. And we peer into theirs. Drawing energy from the fact that folks in the other boat are ‘suffering’ as well.To keep the mind occupied, we strike conversation. Between us. For starters, we wonder why in Gods name, does this boat have to be in the ‘shape of a swan’ ! And that too in pink.
And look around to find ones in deep green, bright orange. et al. Yellow swans with blue beaks. Blue swans with black beaks.
And i quietly slip a prayer of thanks.One such boat comes close. Another couple. The man is sweating. Huffing. Puffing. All at the same time.‘Tommy’ his shirt says. The lady is no different. She is on the ‘huff-puff ‘ mode too. Her T-shirt says ‘GAS’ or ‘GAP’. ( i am not sure )
They look at us. We look at them’. And the woman says, ‘look their boat has broken wings’.And i look around. To find that there are ‘wings’ to all boats. Wings of a swan. Ofcourse. Plastic. Coloured. Attachments with ‘artistic’ value.
And also find that in our boat, one wing is absent. Puffing and huffing, i wonder, how i missed seeing that we were one wing less. And seem to think that there is a distinct glee in the other couple now.
There we are. In the middle of the lake. The lovely weather above. Pedals beneath. Momentarily thinking of the wing that isnt there. On a boat that doesnt need it.The other couple pass us. They smile. And they keep staring at where the wing should have been.
And it seems to give them some topic for conversation. And some energy too. For their winged boat gathers new found speed. At least, i think so.‘We are one wing less. We arent getting anywhere’ i say. And we stop.
We have a good laugh. We stop pedaling. We give our thigh muscles some rest. And soak in the lake and the weather. Boats with and without wings pass by. And we seem to think they are all giving us a ‘what a pity’ look.
While we just sit there with giggle and glee !
We decide to look for them. That couple. Who somehow lead us to a good time. We want to thank them.
I cant find them. They must have flown. They had wings, you see.