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  • I took a few sly pictures of these sailors were from the tall ships visiting Boston over the Fourth of July, partly because they were so beautiful in their uniforms and partly because so many of them were women! I asked permission and then they grouped together and posed for me. I wondered if they joined the service because they wanted to see the world? I have always wanted to live in other parts of the world: Sicily, Sweden, Spain, Australia, Tahiti, or any island anywhere, maybe Scotland or Maine. But the farthest I ever got was New Jersey for 3 years. Didn't need a passport or to learn a foreign language.

    Maybe it's not to late at my age to travel more and spend long spans of time in other places, but with small grandsons, I couldn't leave for even a year and miss them growing up. So many decisions made along the way placed me in this here and now. So many fears and obligations, so much fear... I have less now with much less questioning as to my existence as well. Might even say happy with my lot even though I keep filling it up with more and more, like fishing or screenwriting course.

    The good news is that I am where I am, and that is right here for today in a space large enough to hold me and interesting enough to keep me engaged. I smile as I remember these sailors and adventurers from the Thor Heyerdahl and know that if I were a young woman today, I might be speaking French or Chinese or with a Southern drawl, having ventured far from my home base. But for today, I will continue to flower where I've been planted and harbor no regrets.
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