Peter says that being in "the Land of My People" (Miami) for Chanukah is very fitting. We found chopped liver and potato pancakes which we served as hors d'oeuvres to friends on Discovery, Synergy, and Blue Heaven, for their first Chanukah party ever. They arrived bearing gifts and we were rewarded with more than their friendship! Marilyn googled the holiday and thought it appropriate to bestow a bottle of olive oil to recall the history.
We enjoyed a good dinner and our traditional bon voyage dessert, apple pie with ice cream. Tomorrow if the weather holds we depart for the Bahamas. Toodle-loo!
There is a book by Kenneth Grahame, Wind in the Willows, that we gave our granddaughter on the occasion of her birth. It contains a dialogue that captures the essence of why we are doing what we are doing:
"This has been a wonderful day! said he, as the Rat shoved off and took to the sculls again.
"Do you know, I've never been in a boat before in all my life."
"What? cried the Rat, open-mouthed: "Never been in a-you never-well I-what have you been doing, then?"
"Is it so nice as all that? asked the Mole shyly, though he was quite prepared to believe it as he leant back in his seat and surveyed the cushions, the oars, the rowlocks, and all the fascinating fittings, and felt the boat sway lightly under him.
"Nice? It's the ONLY thing" said the Water Rat solemnly,as he leant forward for his stroke.
"Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING--absolutely nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
We consider ourselves fortunate that we "get" the Water Rat.