|...and so it goes|
|Thanksgiving week, November 2012 Winterport, Maine 44°39' 56" N, 58°54' W|
We've been gone but now we're here.
He hates the memory of his airline crate...it took a favorite biscuit placed there to get him to peek inside for a snapshot...but he will have to endure eight hours of flight time to move on to Panama.
How to summarize the absence of a year in just one sentence...only one sentence.
My family (that’s the noun) has blessed (that’s the verb) me (the object), (and now the dependent and independent clauses, adverbs, adjectives, run-ons, ) with joy, from simple glances to verbal hatchets, from morning coffees to porch evening tonics, from beach strolls to mountain peaks, from laundry to horse mucking; we have been there, and are still here…wanting more.
And now we prepare for another six months aboard svNavigator in Panama. Bob finished his book. Nancy is about finished with Bob. Kathryn said good-bye to Emma, her longtime yellow lab puppy turned fourteen and blind. Jack lost his coach, Auntie Annabelle, our English Sheepdog and Nancy's love, turned over the edge with doggie Altzheimers.
That is why we return laden with stuff, not clothes...just stuff for svNavigator. Stuff includes engine zincs, even a backup alternator and exhaust elbow, more small inverters, dinghy nightime lights, Nancy's favorite cheese pasta, a ball thrower for Jack, tennis balls included. It's a long list we will pay for at the airline checkin counter. Jack to fit under our seats must weight less than twenty pounds. He is twenty-one pounds yesterday. I'm thinking to put a plaster cast on his leg about a broken bone comment explaining his overweight status.
Since I do not have a similar picture of my children going back forty years, twenty years, even one year; I can only hope to add the same staged picture one year, ten years, maybe even twenty years from now, if someone steady will hold the camera, or whatever we are using then, 2032.
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