Of all the boats crammed into the harbor of Cartegena, Spain these two tubby ones caught my eye in November, 2012. They have remained in my memory, as well as my computer’s, since then. They are so perky!
While moored securely both fore and aft in this picture, I am sure they have tales to tell: tall tales of the fish that got away, memories of the ones caught, rough seas and calm ones, sunburns and wet clothes. Opposites abound on the sea and unpredictability is more the rule than the exception, even with the advances in weather forecasting. As a boater I learned that truth from harsh experience and thankfully lived through them all.
In life it is the unexpected that gives our lives their flavor. Few of us have not had plans thwarted by some unforeseen circumstance. At the time, the reality may have been devastating; looking back we try to find the gift or the lesson and, after some delving, we usually find it. I think this is what prepares us to face the next obstacle. On the sea or on land all changes involve farewells and hellos, exits and entrances. Life is a series of transitions and how we embrace that continuous state is the real challenge.
My earliest memories are of the sea and as I live through the final year of my sixth decade I want to explore just what the sea and vessels that travel on it have taught me. We no longer have our own boat, but we live by the sea, travel on it, walk beside it and see boats every day.
The feisty Senoritas of Cartegena are ready for their next adventure. So am I!
PS: Just to prove how the “best laid plans…” don’t always work out, I had computer problems just when I wanted to start this project! Now, full of hope, I’m back on track.