We’ve started the countdown to moving aboard a sailboat.
We don’t know how long the countdown is because we have to sell our house first to get the money to buy the boat we can’t look for until we have the money.
But it’s coming. And it’s got me thinking:
What will we miss the most? And what do we most look forward to?
What will Pamela miss the most?
Maybe I’m shallow. Heck, I know I’m shallow. But three things come up again and again that I know I’ll miss the most:
- long, hot showers – one of the greatest luxuries of the western world
- flush toilets – thanks to a traumatic experience with a hinky marine head, a broken toe, and a long walk to the marina bathrooms (no, you really don’t want to know)
- always-on internet for keeping up with my scattered friends
What does Pamela look forward to the most?
- swimming with fish
- being outdoors almost all the time
What will Mike miss the most?
You’ll notice that Mike is far less shallow than Pamela is. He’ll miss:
- restaurants and grazing from a fully stocked fridge – well, I said he was less shallow; not that he was a spiritual giant
- a sense of stability – is this a pun about how much a boat moves, even at rest?
What does Mike look forward to the most?
- testing himself in new situations
- visiting new places
- spending most of his time with Pamela and Honey – awwwww!
What will Honey miss the most?
I’m guessing here. I asked Honey what she’ll miss the most but she didn’t answer.
- snow – she’ll have to learn how to make sand angels instead
- her buddies – meaning not just her favorite people she knows well but also the gas meter reader, the plumber, the mail carrier…
- getting a long walk when she wants one
What does Honey look forward to the most?
- digging on the beach
- having the family together all the time
- meeting dolphins – I have a feeling she will enjoy these creatures as much as she enjoys meeting cats around our neighborhood now
Getting Ready For The Future; Living In The Present
I’m feeling torn.
We have a ton of work ahead of us: making house repairs, selling the house, finding a boat, getting the boat ready to go, learning all the things we didn’t know we needed to know, figuring out where to go, buying charts…. Stop it, Pamela. This is getting exhausting.
And the truth is, we have to live every day.
Honey needs grooming. It’s almost walk time. Mike and I need to get to work—someone has to earn the kibble.
So while dreaming about the future is fun, it’s time to be here now.
Especially since reminding ourselves that you can’t buy Goetze’s Caramel Creams in the Caribbean won’t do anybody any good.
Your Turn: What are you most looking forward to in 2015? And what effect will it have on your animals?