torstai 20. lokakuuta 2011

October 15th 2011

Pearls On A String

Since we left Trinidad, the days have followed one another monotonously as pearls on a string. So far there has been only one day that has differed from the rest and that was when we celebrated our 41st Engagement Anniversary. I don't know if people normally celebrate the date of their engagement, we certainly have never done it before but, as the Trinis say, Any excuse will do! So, on the morning of the celebrations, I awoke to beautiful blue skies and a turquoise sea, and was soon sitting in the cockpit with a glass of chilled white wine in my hand. While waiting for the pancakes Pekka was making in the galley, I was reading Vonnegut's Timequake where a timequake zaps everybody in an instant from February 13th 2001 back to February 17th 1991. Then they have to get back to 2001, minute by minute, hour by hour, experiencing all the things all over again. And it suddenly occurred to me how nice it would be if the timequake zapped this particular day back to yesterday so that we could relive it. But, of course, that didn't happen, and the following day was again just another pearl on the string.

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