This has been a very different cruising season for me in the Bahamas, missing all of our friends who didn't come and all of our family and friends at home, making new friends, visiting old haunts. On Sunday April 7th we plan to leave Nassau for Devils-Hoffman to anchor one final night in this beautiful country before leaving the following morning for a 24 hour sail to Ft. Pierce, Florida. It is scary because the weather forecast is perfect. If you know what I mean.
More than anything I look forward to seeing my beautiful granddaughter and to hearing my grandson growl. And watermelon.
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.