Today was one of those days that I will never forget. Don’t get me wrong, I meet a lot of great people in this job, but today was something special. Mary is 82, and from the moment she walked on the Magic I knew she was a neat lady. Her first words to me were, “young lady, I will not be getting in the water today”. I smiled and replied, “we shall see my dear”! As the morning progressed Iwas walking around meeting all of the passengers when Mary’s daughter pulled me aside. She told me it would mean the world to her and her family if I could somehow get Mary into the water, even for just a second. “She hates the water so much we can hardly get her to take a shower”, she joked! After everyone got in the water at our first stop (Molokini), I sat next to Mary to chat. She told me she couldn’t swim and had disliked the water from a very young age. I gave my usual speech about how easy and safe snorkeling is, how you don’t have to be able to swim, and even if you go out there for 2 minutesand come back, at least you tried. She kindly declined, but said that she appreciated the encouragement. I didn’t want to force the issue so I let it go….for now! At the second dive (Coral Gardens) I gave it one more try. I walked up to her, gave her a big hug and said, “are you ready”? She laughed and shook her head no. It seemed I couldn’t talk her into it. Not 5 minutes later there she was on the back deck in her bathing suit! I got her set up in the mask and put her on the steps so that she could just peak into the water without actually going in. Her family was so thrilled they could hardly contain themselves. Two people were taking pictures, her daughter was crying, and half the boat was watching and cheering her on! Then out of nowhere, she lunges forward into the water. I guess she figured it was all or nothing. I grabbed a boogy board for her to hold on to so that she could release the death grip on my fingers, and I took her for a little tour. She kept giggling and talking through the snorkel, something about all the fish and how beautiful it all was. Coral Gardens was the ideal place for Mary to snorkel. It’s shallow, with tons of coral and sea life. Even better, she doesn’t have to go away from the boat to see it, it’s everywhere! After about 10 minutes she had had enough and went back on the boat. She pulled me into her arms and said that this was one of the best things she had ever done in her life and she owed it all to me. These precious moments are why I truly love my job. Giving Mary and her family this experience is something that I will always remember!