The ocean is my greatest teacher. I remember being out on the tugs with my Dad, when I was just a little girl. Watching the waves come up against us. I was so small, and a bit freaked out by the randomness of which waves would crash against us. Which ones would come next? Where was it coming from? How big would it be? Would we be ready?
I'll never forget my Dad telling explaining the waves to me that day.
He told me that the ocean is the greatest teacher. Waves will come. There is always another one. In a boat, you can't go above the waves. You can't dive under them. You can't go around them. You have to handle them, head on. You have to be ready for the next wave, and know that it is always coming. Be ready. Handle them well and you'll be better for it. Otherwise, you'll be in the "ditch" and you never want to be there.
Life has tossed me many waves. Many currents have thrown me about here and there. I've been in the ditch and I know how sick it can make you feel. I wouldn't trade a single one of them, to see the beautiful calm seas I enjoy today.
My husband John, sailed into my life years ago now. I'm so grateful I get to spend every day with him, and our children.
To you Dad, yes, the sea is my greatest teacher. To you John, for braving each wave with me.
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HI, I'M KATE
A Captain's daughter, who became a Captain's wife. I remain always, a mermaid out of water looking to get straight back to the sea, whenever possible.