Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Note From Mom

Hi All,
Mom here for an update from the home front. Please forgive the lack of blog posts of late. It has been an interesting time for sure and we are all adjusting to A LOT of changes.

First off, last Thursday was an incredible day. We had been busy for months preparing for Zac's return and, like a kid on Christmas Eve, I could hardly wait nor believe that the day had finally arrived. We set off for the marina early and dropped by the Fisherman's Village to check on the set up. Richard Meyers was hanging signs, Christian Pinkston, Gary Calaroso and Michael Broggie were checking in the press and all the other millions of details surrounding an event like this. The place was abuzz with press crews and people showing up early to welcome Zac home.

We had to run over to the Del Rey Yacht Club who graciously offered the use of over 20 boats for our friends, family, sponsors etc to go out and see Zac coming in. We met there and found our ride and set off with our immediate family, Jen and her family, Lisa Gizara and fiance Eric, Pete and Al from the LA Times and the film crew. We actually had a surprise guest, Ron Kilgore from KNX 1070 radio who were just awesome that day broadcasting live throughout the day.

It was grey and overcast which was strange but at least the seas were calm. Yes, I get seasick! We set out and headed off in the direction we thought he would be coming from. After a few minutes we were able to make out a herd of boats in the distance. As we made our way I realized that the herd was surrounding Zac and following him in. That really got me chocked up to think that all of those people would take their boats out to see my son.

We made our way closer, being careful not to get in Zac's path or in anyone else's path. There were a few near misses that morning! We finally got close enough to see Intrepid and Zac at the tiller. It is hard to explain how it felt to actually see him again in person and not in a photograph as I had done for so many months. I waved and shouted and he saw us and smiled and waved. All of the kids were so excited! It was the successful completion of a journey for our whole family. I am only now just beginning to realize the effects of that on our lives.

We followed Zac for a good while watching as people shouted, blew air horns and even played trumpets. A boat load of his friends veared close and shouted and screamed. It was an incredible time and my most favorite of the day.

Wanting to be able to be there to meet Zac at the dock, we had to pull ourselves away and head back to Fisherman's Village. We got parked and waited while Zac slowly made his way in. It was pretty busy but Zac managed to weave his way in with the help of Boat US Towing that stood by to fend off if necessary.

Zac got in to his slip and after literally fighting off a news person who didn't care that he was interrupting our special moment, got to give my boy a big squeeze. Zac was ecstatic and beaming from ear to ear. Just awesome!

You have all heard the press conference (if you haven't - go to the media page and watch all of the great videos) so I won't go into detail there. It was a fabulous day.

Zac came out to dinner with us and then home and out with friends for a few hours. We were up again the following morning to do a few morning shows down in the marina.

As the days have worn on I have been able to hang out with Zac and enjoy just having him around. One of my favorite memories of Zac is when he gets out of bed in the morning and shuffles out of his room. I just stood there on his first morning home staring at him. Very silly perhaps but if you are a mom you will understand!

Zac has been pretty busy with interviews, renewing friendships and working on the details of his trip - bething Intrepid, unpacking, writing his book etc. I have noticed some changes in Zac. He is the same easy going, funny guy but all the more gracious and kind. He is not one to philosophise about things, at least not out loud, but the wheels are turning up there and he is full of life and passion and plans for his future. It has been an immeasurable pleasure to watch him.

We plan to continue the blog and are hoping to have a more regular routine soon. We are so thankful to so many people who have come together from day one to make this happen. We are thankful for your support and encouragement.

Laurence and I have spent the past few days in the studio at Praxis Universal working on the final edits of part one of Zac's documentary. This experience is so deep on so many levels. We are working hard to convey that to you all and from what we have seen, know that you will really love it.

Cheers,

Marianne
aka Zac's mom

PS A special note to the folks at Mike Perham and Jessica Watson's camps. The level of sportsmanship among the 3 of you young people is an inspiration all of its own. It has made this experience all the more meaningful to have like-minded people who really understand what this is like and how and why it is done.

55 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

TEARS........

Lovely report -- thanx again, luv

July 22, 2009 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger ccarnaghi said...

WOW Mom Marriane this just brings me to tears. Big hug for you as Zacs journey was much about Moms journey as well. Love you! God Bless.

Chris Carnaghi
Alhambra, CA

July 22, 2009 at 11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marianne,
You've done well.

Not only with your blogging but also with That kid of yours :)

Time for YOU to write a book on Parenting.

Straight Wakes,
Mike S.

July 23, 2009 at 12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marianne....I applaude you.
Bringing up children is not easy for anyone....you make it seem easy but we mums and dads among us, know full well it is not.
You are right to watch your son as he shuffles out of his room....those are the little things that are missed when they are no longer with us.
His graciousness and kindness shine through...even at this distance!
Enjoy all the hanging out you can do with Zac....precious moments. One day, he will look back and remember those special moments too.
Hugs for you all.
Thanks for taking the time to let us know how things are with y'all.

UK friend

July 23, 2009 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger STEVE B said...

Thanks for the update. Glad to see your family back together. So many days this past year were spent praying for a happy ending to Zac's adventure. Glad that you are able to once again just enjoy being with Zac.

SteveB
Birmingham,AL

July 23, 2009 at 4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very happy for you Marianne and your family. This is very emotional....thanks for the report on how things are progressing with Zac. You are and should be very proud. He was wonderful on Jimmy Kimmel's show the other night and handled his jokes very well. I dont think he or the audience understood Zacs accomplishments. God bless you and your family.
Kathy from Okla

July 23, 2009 at 6:52 AM  
Anonymous Rory Gogan Singapore said...

U did a whole lotta of Mom livin' that day.. Good for U! Highs and lows but it all came together...
Just wait until he qualifies as an M.D. He's humble, has the commmon touch, and he can go any where in the world with a degree like that.
(Let me know..)

July 23, 2009 at 7:10 AM  
Anonymous The Writer said...

Zac, Marianne,and Lawrence
I haven't blogged since you got back but saw Zac on Jimmy K....Did a fantastic job!
Marianne, I actually shed tears reading your commentary. It was so emotionally moving and so, so sweet. There's nobody like Mom and I know Zac knows that even more every single day!
And Zac, I loved your shirt whioh you wore that day. It was a witness to the Lord's "grace and rightousness" to a world suffering from separation from the Tri-un God!
Zac, you made us followers of your journey all the more proud of you and how you conducted yourself in your interviews and on Jimmy K. I can't wait to read your book and see the documentary!
And Lawrence, you're a unique Dad of all Dads. And you're a man of super faith in Jesus and your faith has strenghtened mine!
To all of you,
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face shine upon you!
Godspeed until the next time!
George Cox
Wilmington, North Carolina
www.xanga.com/ncstatefootball

July 23, 2009 at 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Kodiak Mike said...

Marianne-
You ROCK, Super-mom!
It was a pleasure meeting you in person at the Yacht Club. Thanks for the update and the insights.
Kodiak Mike

July 23, 2009 at 7:23 AM  
Anonymous Lisa from Mt. Juliet, TN said...

Dearest Marianne:

Thank you for sharing one of your very precious moments with all of us. I know your heart must be at peace with your son at home, safe with the family. Your family has been and will continue to be such a gift and testimony of love....
Thank you for letting us all in to see the love of the Lord in action. It's always an amazing thing. Be blessed!

"Psalm 91"

July 23, 2009 at 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Marriane, thanks for this great post. Fantastic! Say I happened to have an amazing photograph of you and Zac about to give each other a hug surrounded by a throng of fans and media. Would be happy to send it to you. It's a very special photo. How can I send it?

Best,
Brian Cleary
Santa Cruz, CA

July 23, 2009 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Goosebumps and tears Marianne...What a tender, from the heart blog! We tivo'd Zac on Jimmy Kimmel and watched it 3 times last night. In a situation so worldly and with a few crass comments, Zac absolutely stood head and shoulders in character above it all. His sweet spirit brought real class and warmth to the show. As proud as I am of Zac, I cannot imagine how all the Sunderlands must feel! God bless you and your entire family.

July 23, 2009 at 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From one mom to another I read your post with happiness and tears. You must be so proud and we all rejoice with you in so many ways. I can't wait for the DVD!

July 23, 2009 at 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

It's not often that i am at a loss for words..as i read this post all i can do is smile as tears run down my face.
Thank you Marianne..i wish i could hug you through this monitor
Laura BD

July 23, 2009 at 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Dawn Ziegler said...

Thanks Marianne for a view from your vantage point! How very exciting for you guys.

Zac-
Someone asked me a question this morning so I thought I would ask it here since I was leaving this message.

What will you be doing today to further the Lord's kingdom?
hebrews 1:7

You now have the world as your stage to share with young people how to be true servants for Christ.


love ya!
Mrs.Z

July 23, 2009 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger MindWalker said...

Just marked my TO DO list: send Mrs. Sunderland a Mothers Day card next year.

What a lady, indeed.

July 23, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

Oh Marianne, what a beautiful post. I'm still wiping the tears away. I was so happy to have the chance to introduce myself to you at Fishermans Village. It indeed was a glorious day, and I'm thankful to have been able to be a part of it.
Zac surely is an AMAZING young man. You and Laurence are a testament of what good parenting is. You are an AMAZING woman, mother & wife.
Thanks so much for updating us and sharing the special moments and feelings that you are savoring now that your Zac is home! It reminds me to cherish and be thankful everyday for my own wonderful 17 year old daughter. THANK YOU!
Can't wait for the DVD!
Mona
Tucson, AZ

July 23, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger liidogirl said...

Thanks for taking all of us on the Zac's adventure! I've enjoyed reading the blog. It's been great to not only get Zac's perspective, but all those of the family.

Glad he's back safe and sound.

Congratulations to all!

July 23, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad things worked out for him! What a fantastic experience.
God Bless your enitre family.

July 23, 2009 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Arcticfamily5 said...

Marianne,

I NOW feel like I was there . . . even though I was listening to the radio and watching via Internet. Nothing like hearing from a Mom's heart to bring an event to life! Thanks for your openness in sharing your private thoughts and responses. "It is hard to explain how it felt to actually see him again in person and not in a photograph as I had done for so many months." I'm surprised you didn't all jump overboard and swim to Zac at first sighting! I love your blog -- alternated between tears and laughter. Thanks again for taking the time out of what must currently be "chaos" to share with us! We are as proud of you and your family as we are of Zac!

Blessings!
Gayle

July 23, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Arcticfamily5 said...

P.S. Marianne and Laurence,

I agree wholeheartedly with Mike S. -- now would be a great time to write a parenting book! :0)

July 23, 2009 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Truthseeker said...

Thanks so much for sharing that great update, Marianne!

July 23, 2009 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Laffing Dawg said...

What a wonderful post, Marianne. I still believe that there is a devotional book in you when you have the time to relax and put your year into your own words/thoughts. Maybe with a big family that time will not come for awhile.

Know that we all anxiously await the DvD set and that we will love every moment of work put into its production. Coming from a film family, I know how much work goes on.

Our prayers are with all of you. If I could have been the fly on the wall, I would have chosen your moment of standing and staring at your son on his first morning home. Wow, lots of tears here.

Love to you and your family,
Kathy
Bend, OR

July 23, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Axel said...

Now that you have been on Jimmy Kimmel, Larry King should give you a call :-)

July 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Janis said...

Marianne,
May you continue to enjoy those rare moments with a sleepy young man to stare at. They all grow up so quickly. Yours has grown in so many awesome ways!

Chuckled last week when you told me you were encouraging the younger children to read about gardeners (rather than sailors); and too late for the older ones! From Garden Designer's (and formerly, occasional Tall Ship sailor's) perspective, both gardens and sea provide great ways for youth of all ages to encounter natural beauty.

If any local "Zac Packers" still reading along and bitten by "sailing bug", Los Angeles Maritime Institute is always looking for volunteers. Fun way to help at-risk youth -- website is lamitopsail.org. (Thanks for allowing me to post this here.)

Peace,
Janis

July 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Jeanne D. said...

I was out on the water to greet Zac on my boat, Smooth Operator. What a honor it was. Brought tears to my eyes.

Jeanne

July 23, 2009 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have followed Zac's adventure from the beginning and have posted a bit...I have been in awe of his accomplishment and your families dedication to his dream...But now that this adventure is over, I have always wondered what will happen with the Intrepid?? Is this a boat that will always stay in the family?

Laura
Tulsa, OK

July 23, 2009 at 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Will/East London S.A. said...

Great Mom !

July 23, 2009 at 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Welcker Family said...

Hi Marianne,

"Zac shuffling out of his room." I think the one that did it for me as a mom was the photo early on in his voyage of him sleeping so peacefully. I can't remember where he was but he was in a room, lying barefooted on a bed - I think he had one arm over his face, just sleeping so peacefully like a teenager would.

That picture so reminded me of how blessed we are to have these gifts from God. And it also reminded me of my favorite memories of waking my sleepy teenagers up in the morning.

Thanks for rekindling that memory for me! It made my day! =)

Love you guys!

Sandy

July 23, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marriane: Wonderful post of the past weeks events.
Thanks for the update.

Balmoral Sailor

July 23, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

Thank you Marianne!
How wonderful to think of the Zac Pac esp. since you have so much going on!!!

Blessings to all of you!
Hugs,
Anita
Waterloo, NY
Captai SV Womabt

July 23, 2009 at 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marianne,
A million thanks for thinking of us and taking the time to give us your perspective on your beloved son's return. As moms, we all have certain moments with each of our kids that we will always cherish and remember. I'm so glad your Zac has given you a few of those this past week.

Thank you also for promising to keep the blog going!! Even though Zac's been back for week now, it's still the first thing I check every morning when I turn on the computer!

Glad you're making great progress on the documentary. I can't wait to see it :)

--Sue McGah
Laguna Niguel

July 23, 2009 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger shan said...

Still makes my eyes well up with the news of Zac's safe return..Such an amazing voyage..and, as a Mom, can imagine the way Marrianne feels about her son..Understand that "morning" thing completely!! Give yourselves plenty of time to savor all the moments of these days..they are truly special and we all enjoy what you share about them with us...Don't let the press or anything else get in your way of just enjoying your reunion with your son..That's the most important of all!

July 23, 2009 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Douglas Pistone said...

Marianne, another great post. Thanks for taking the time and explaining how the last week has gone for you and the whole family.

Laurence, thanks for all your help. You're a true professional and I'm very impressed with your business ethics.

To all the Sunderland's, have a great time and enjoy this while it lasts.

Having Fun Yet?
Douglas Pistone
MDR, California

July 23, 2009 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger red said...

It is so great to hear from all of you. I check the blog daily, as always. Curious to know if I could buy an autographed t-shirt from Zac. I was there at the autograph booth, but was unable to buy a shirt at that time (the atm was out of money). You can contact me at rreddmustang@yahoo.com or just leave a message here. Thanks! Jim Roseburg, Oregon

July 23, 2009 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Welcome Home Zac!! You are truly a testimony to all of us that "ANYTHING" is possible.. We all felt so much awe and inspiration through your journey, and most importantly felt that you were never alone. Truly this was a Divine gift to all of us to share your story, and help to rewrite ours...
Thank you, God Bless and may you forever seek what only so few will find...

The Fox Family, Apopka Florida.

July 23, 2009 at 6:41 PM  
Anonymous Maureen said...

A Mother's Love is the deepest Love of All...

Thank you for an incredible description of just how much we love our children.

Maureen
Boise

July 23, 2009 at 7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Marriane: Many, many thanks for your beautiful, heartfelt description of Zac's amazing return to Marina del Rey. I was deeply moved by your description of your wonderful day seeing the return of your beloved son. What an amazing journey for each member of the Sunderland family. I check Zac's block first thing in the morning before I go to work and it is first thing i do when I get home in the evening is to see if you have posted. It was so great today to see your post. I look forward to Zac's new journey and hearing how things all fall into place. Congratulations to you all.
Marjorie Forster
Baltimore, Maryland.

July 23, 2009 at 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello to Team Sunderland!

Seems like I've heard this before, but
Mission Accomplished!! There are those who wish it contained so much truth.

After a week of computer down-time, I am somewhat less anguished after having caught up al the way to 'Here he comes!'

I'm having moments of euphoria that success is achieved. I'm having moments of dejection that 'our' advemture is over. Sure, there will be other ones, but there'll never be this one again.

Zac, you are the man! I mean that literally. You have, so far, met your success and the attention it has garnered with dignity and proper attitude. I feel like we now know one young man who will handle early success as a stepping stone to a higher calling instead of a justification for descent into some abyss of gloom and degradation.

Marianne's update here inspired me. I went into the room called the "Pit' where my sone was holed up. I said, "OK, get ready, it's been a little while, but it's hugging time!", then I told him that I loved him. As he gets taller and hairier, hugging has largely fallen by the wayside for the most part, but everyday, he is reminded that he is loved.

I look forward to the book and to the documentary -- and I look forward to seeing what is the next chapter.

The Croaker

July 23, 2009 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger valntim said...

@ Marianne, Thanks for allowing all of us to be a part of such a wonderful experience. This is something I will tell my grandchildren about. (I don't have any yet, my daughter is 20 and my son is 10). And they will reply "THE" Zac Sunderland!
Best to You And your family,
Tim Burns
Palm Springs, CA

July 23, 2009 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger valntim said...

@ Marianne, Thanks for allowing all of us to be a part of such a wonderful experience. This is something I will tell my grandchildren about. (I don't have any yet, my daughter is 20 and my son is 10). And they will reply "THE" Zac Sunderland!
Best to You And your family,
Tim Burns
Palm Springs, CA

July 23, 2009 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger msdramateacherlady said...

I was unable to make it to the marina to see Zac come in (darn that LA traffic) and didn't learn of this incredible journey until it was almost over. I am so impressed not only by Zac's accomplishment, but also your faith in him. Congratulations to the entire family.

July 23, 2009 at 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Rose said...

Marianne, I've enjoyed your posts just as much as Zac's. Especially when we hadn't had an update for a few days. I'm glad your boy is home safe and sound after a very exciting 13 months.

It was good to see him on Jimmy Kimmel's show the other night. I wish that they would let him talk about something other than pirates, though!

Thanks for the update.

Rose

July 24, 2009 at 12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speechless. All I can say is thank you for a very inspirational and wonderful story.

Kwan Yee Cheng
Lawrence, KS

July 24, 2009 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Bluesman said...

To All;

Only a parent can truly understand what it's like to miss a child. I recall my oldest daughter going to Italy for 6 months in her last year of college for study abroad. My dark hair immediately began turning gray!

The phone calls and emails and pictures are all reassuring, but you just want them back home and safe. The day she came home, there was no holding back tears.

You guys have an incredible son and congratulations are due to you. As another writer said, raising kids isn't easy; anyone can have and raise children, but doing it right and raising them to be responsible adults is another story.

We're glad to have found Zac's blog and to have shared in his adventure and now look forward to the book and DVD!

Be well,
The Bluesman

July 24, 2009 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Mouse on a Motorcycle said...

Funny story.

Last year I bought a world map for my synagogue's youth leader so her group could follow Zac and plot his location around the globe. She, and the youth, were impressed by Zac's faith as well as his courage, youth, and sense of adventure.

Unforunately, none of them are sailing people. More like shopping and twittering people, so crossing an ocean at 4-6 mph wasn't fast enough for them and they quit following some time before Majuro.

Thinking back, they, missed all the best parts and dramatic prayer interventions of Zac's trip. When the DVD comes out, I'm sure we'll have a viewing party. Even if our teens couldn't stay interested for a year, surely they can pay attention for a few hours. :-P

Until then, your whole family is in my prayers daily. Now that Zac isn't alone on the sea, he gets to navigate the much more dangerous waters of Los Angeles celebrity. Fortunately, Marianne and Laurence seem to have prepared him as well for this as for his other adventure.

On a completely unrelated note, if any of the Zac Pac is going to the Orange County Super Fair this year, my band, KnightLyghter, will be playing there on August 2nd. I'd love to meet and chat with anyone of y'all there.

Still praying Numbers 6:24-26
Mouse in Whittier
www.myspace.com/mouseonamotorcycle

Buy "Death and Coffee" here!

July 24, 2009 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger kenintoronto said...

(11:30am EST) Mike Perham in the Miraflores Locks, along side a power boat.
http://www.pancanal.com/eng/photo/camera-java.html

July 24, 2009 at 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Goodness, Marianne... Just about the time I think I'm all done with grabbing for the tissues, I read your most beautiful post! As a mom, THAT'S the side of the story I have been waiting for! That and "The Hug" photo...!

As many others, I am sure, we watched Zac on Jimmy K. the other night. Great job! What a joy watching him and listening to him telling his story outside of his blog. Hoping we see more of these interviews!!!

Have a glorious weekend and give "our guy" another big hug! :)

Blessings!
Marie
WA St.

July 24, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Hi Marianne,
Thank you so much for the update - I took both my girls 9 and 11 to see Zac come home and it was a very memorable event for us. I have so enjoyed following Zac's blog and praying for his safe trip home. Thank you for sharing about staring at him when he got up the morning- I so get that! The night that Zac came home, my 9 year old had trouble sleeping. So I layed with her and just watched her sleep and wondered if you were doing the same thing! Continue to enjoy your sweet family! God Bless.

July 24, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Mimi & Desi said...

Dear Marrianne & fam...what a story! Zac's incredible "Intrepid" spirit is a direct result of you & Laurence's incredible job, well done, as parents. I agree...a book is hiding in there somewhere from you on parenting. We could all use some of the Sunderland in the world we live in today. From over here, you're all doing a fabulous job, as parents & kids. I have to mention your other children, who helped you & Laurence, & Zac, thru this unbelievable adventure. The support system you all share is, well, nothing less than inspirational. Thx for staying on the air & keeping us posted. I can't wait to read ESPN'S, what surely should be, "Zac is Back"!!! We're so happy for you all! The photot's are wonderful!
Luv, Atlanta...Mimi & Desi
P.S. Disney was a buzz about Zac's homecoming...everyone was talking about it!!!

July 24, 2009 at 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Perham's Boat Got Slightly Damaged in the Gatun Lock

By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I just got an update via cellphone from my son who is with Mike Perham aboard his sailboat the totallymoney.com. Apparently there was some kind of a minor mishap in the very last stage of the Gatun Lock of the Panama Canal. According to my son, currents in the lock pushed the sailboat up against a tug that was to their starboard side. Some side railing wires got caught up in the tires that were hanging from the side of the tug as bumpers, and there was some minor damage to the starboard side of the boat. Right now they are headed toward the Shelter Bay Marina on the old Fort Sherman installation. Mike was scheduled to depart Panama tomorrow morning at 6:00 am, but at this point I don't think they have determined whether or not repairs are required before he can set off. This just happened about five minutes ago, and Mike is discussing the requirements to file an accident or incident report with the Panama Canal pilot who is aboard his boat. I've heard lots of stories like this from guys who transit the Panama Canal in relatively small boats - it's practically common.

July 24, 2009 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger davejb851 said...

I sit back......and am amazed!
The time flew by.....I'm dazed!
So Zac is home.....how great!
Into Mom's arms....couldn't wait!
The world keeps turning...who knew!
Even sunny California....so true!
We watched, and prayed....so long!
We cheered, and yelled...so strong!
Read words and cried....so deep!
Tucked in his bed...Zac sleeps!

July 24, 2009 at 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting because so far everyone's concerns for Zac are right on. The sharks and vultures out there ready to pick his bones to bits.

While at the same time, that's just what he's traversed as he cruised around the world, the sharks below ready to shred him to bits, and the vultures circling above awaiting him to drop dead.

Innately and instinctively he naturally transversed the original of all of this, one then must wonder, if the superficial, the hollywood, the man made same of it all, can trick him or overwhelm him or entice him, to lean over, fall overboard so the sharks can get to him, or lay their day dreaming till death's bed, where the vultures can then swoop in and pluck out his eyes.

Reality vs. fiction.

That there might be a reality tv series "thing" be worthy of recording for all"

natural boy crusing through natural sharks and vultures vs. city boy encountering man made same.

Who will win :-)

July 25, 2009 at 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO to reality TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
EVERY person that has done reality TV has suffered enormous loss of themselves, family and friends.
Don't do it!!!!Stick to your book,documentary etc.
NO to the hollywood hoopla.

July 26, 2009 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Diann said...

Marianne,

It is refreshing to read the comments of others and the applause you are receiving! I am so grateful to you and your family and the wonderful support you have and continue to give your son Zac. May your family be a model of what is truly possible when we let love rule and the ego go to the wayside.

Thank you,

Diann

August 7, 2009 at 11:37 AM  

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