Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Sepia Saturday Ships Away, dreaming of


Ships Away....dreaming of returning home

"We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts
and in our souls, the deathless dream, the eternal poetry, the
perennial sense that life is miracle and magic."

-- E. Merrill Root (1895-1973) American Writer
....and our own creative art projects-
must come to life at last.
The things families do while they wait for their loves to return home from war.

 Got plans for the weekend?
One woman's project while her sailor is at sea.
Once upon a ship in the driveway one day-
in her own artful way
there was a busy mommy and her darling little Betsy Mae
and while the daddy of the house was -

stuck on a slow boat to nowhere fast
he dreamed of catching a much faster boat
that would keep him afloat
so he could journey back to his girls at long last
but he hadn't finished as a naval sailor yet

and he soon discovered this tugboat

had been launched to catch the ship
that his unit was scheduled to board to complete their last

A faint dusty fog rose sluggishly along the way.

 It was another failed mission
but at long last
they were....

 joined together again and near the end of their days at sea -
soon it he would be home at last
with his family - away from the sea.

Courtesy of Library of Congress- View of the front of small craft berthing piers from Wharf S1- U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor, Small Craft Berthing Piers, East end of Quarry Loch between Wharves M4 & S1, Pearl City, Honolulu County, HI.

Not that he didn't enjoy being stationed here during his tour

but what he longed for most

was this


seeing their happy faces 
gathered together
and their delighted faces
as he
brought new pets home for his children at long last.

If you want to sail on over to Alan's blog for more
Sepia Saturday
go here


Rob From Amersfoort said...

I hope he made it home. The inclusion of a photo of Pearl Harbor doesn't predict a happy ending ...

Karen S. said...

Rob- you are so right, but this sailor did make it home!

JJ said...

So many stories. Your photos speak novels. Excellent.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Karen, you have outdid yourself this time! I love the ending, where he brought home pets for his children, lol.

This is another wonderful, excellent post by Karen S.


Kathy M.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Very, very well done!

Peter said...

The picture with the three sailors kissing their girl friends is a gem, really.
The sailor on the left looks like he is leaving, but o gosh I forgot to kiss her good bye.
The one in the middle really grabs her and she is jumping with joy.
And the last one still has the 'stand at ease' order in his ears.

Little Nell said...

Well I'm glad Mommy and Betsy-Mae didn't spend their time idly! As if she didn't have enough to do :) Another story creatively woven with great pictures Karen.

caijsa said...

Wonderful stories. And the photo of children with pets is lovely.

Bob Scotney said...

Evocative story, Karen. I can see why you wanted Rod Stewart. Great pictures especially the kissing scene.

Wendy said...

Such interesting pictures. But what is Mommy building?? I must be slow -- I can't figure it out. Always fun to see YOUR creativity at work.

Jana Last said...

Fun photos creatively woven together.

Titania said...

Karen; beautiful poetry to celebrate a homecoming from the sea. A happy end with happy children. That is what counts.

Kathy Hart said...

I love the photos, especially the darling children. Thanks for sharing!

Karen S. said...

Wendy- Mommy is building a boat- so her little one can marvel in the how daddy's life is like during his navy days!


Military life, whether army or navy, makes for difficult circumstances when family is involved. So, you say this one made it home. Good!!

Liz Stratton said...

Loved this post! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed our Sepia Saturdays together. That first photo reminded me of all the fun we had as kids with a refrigerator box! Great story told in images.

Tattered and Lost said...

What is it about tugboats? They're the little boat that can. A funny little name, but such an important job.

And a happy ending indeed.