Sometimes the boats between cities on the lake get packed. And not a little bit crowded, like 47 people on a 20 person boat crowded. It happened again this weekend, and somehow a baby ended up in my lap. One minute I was smiling at her, as she was tied to her mom’s chest in a fabric sling, the next, she was in my arms. I don’t remember the transition, she was sort of just there. Sofia Magdalena. Four months of chubby cheeks and thigh rolls, cooing like a professional. We talked about the lake and pollution and debated whether the grandiose houses on the shore were private homes or hotels- its hard to know when there are several umbrellaed tables on the patio. Mostly, she just responded to my questions by squawking and melting me with her big brown eyes. A half an hour later I passed her to her mother on the dock of Santa Cruz and found myself again thankful.