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On the way

sunny 81 °F


We left the beauty of The Breakers in West Palm Beach to embark on the Silver Whisper in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Returning to the ship is a wonderful experience. As soon as we boarded, people reconnected with each other. They caught up with stories in progress, wondered about the passengers who were not on this voyage, and generally settled into their suites. Our little home away from home looks quite spiffy; we knew where to put everything, so unpacking was quick and smooth.

The ship resounds with delighted cries of reencounters. “Oh, it is good to see you.” “We are so glad you are on the cruise this year.” Why is this so, this sense that in a way we are returning home? Maybe it is because relationships with fellow passengers are not like our other relationships. We come from different places; we have different lives. Our Trivia Team includes two friends from England, two from Australia, and two from Philadelphia, so we don’t have any common local focus. Political discussion is not highly charged as we work to explain to each other the fine points of Brexit and impeachment and the way the Aussie Prime Minister seems to get blamed for the wildfires there. We catch up on the stories that we left hanging last year – June’s son-in-law’s surgery, Jude’s book, Fred’s move. We miss Judy and say a requiem prayer for her, and someone we have never seen before shows us her ring and tells us that she got married this spring. Somehow, through the reconnection, we forget our irritations and remember our commonalities and rejoice that we are together. Somehow, we resonate with gratitude that we are privileged to travel with each other.

We are moved and pleased by the number of folks that have asked when the Sunday service will be, who tell us that they remember a sermon, and even that they started going to church at home. We rejoice at the staff that welcome us back – and the new staff that introduce themselves to us as though it is we who belong here!

We are isolated on the ship, sailing through the Atlantic. We get television news (sometimes) and a daily newspaper, half of which reports international sports and another quarter of which that reports business and entertainment, so not much space is left for in depth reporting on Iran/Iraq and the Puerto Rican earthquakes. We are particularly interested in the latter because we will arrive in San Juan tomorrow morning and we hear that they may have no water or electricity. We are troubled or disconcerted or at least very aware that we sail into this damaged port with abundance and profusion. God bless us all.

Bill and Hope

Posted by HopeEakins 14:14 Archived in Dominican Republic

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