Giving Thanks, it’s different for us.

Something that people outside of the industry always seem to want to talk about immediately is “what about the holidays, do you just come home for those?” The answer is no, and lets talk about something else, like say how your parent’s divorce affected your childhood? The bottom line is in this job you miss things, you miss the special days, and it sucks. However it is what you make of it. You learn that Christmas morning can in fact be in November, or January, and that it is the people that make a holiday not the mark on the calendar. On the days themselves little things are huge, the seas laying down enough for the satellite phone to work, a care package, just the little things really. For some mariner’s you get big surprises, like having family come down to the dock you are at, and that is really the best. Sometimes you get a wave as you go by, and that really is something that will brighten your day no matter how the hitch is going.
So when my soon to be cousin Chris told us he was coming through the canal the day after thanksgiving, we all bundled up and waited for him at the east end. Sometimes all the holiday cheer you need is a different kind of holiday picture, with everyone still in frame.

A mariner's holiday family photo

A mariner’s holiday family photo

Coming out of the night

Coming out of the night

Back to work, down east bound

Back to work, down east bound

About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I'm not at home playing with the dogs
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