IN THE FIELD: Oh, to Be A Kid Again

Back in the day I took a boat trip down the Intercoastal Waterway from Maryland to Florida. This photo was taken when we were in the Albemarle Sound, North Carolina. It is the largest freshwater sound in North America, roughly 50 – 60 miles across.

I was head cook on this voyage, and normally when I was down below preparing meals, the guys went easy on me. After all, it was up to me to feed them. On this particular afternoon lunch detail, something was a little different. Judging by the sounds of the engines and the pounding of the boat on the waves, I knew we were moving along at a good clip. Ripping across large bodies of water like this at full throttle can make food prep a challenge.

I heard conversations from up on deck which explained a few things.

“Dad, can we head over this way?” “How about over here?” “Can I turn the boat real hard and make it lean?”

“Ok Son, just go easy. Uncle David is down below trying to make us lunch.”

I came up from my station below decks with a pot of steaming shrimp we had bought fresh a few hours before. And there was my eight year old nephew at the helm, kneeling on the seat with the biggest grin I have ever seen on his face.

In fact, we got some pretty amazing looks and smiles from other boaters as the young boater zoomed past them…at a safe distance of course.

Well, that novice boater who had the smile from ear to ear while running the boat has grown up to be a fine young man. He is getting married in a few weeks and he still gets that big Cheshire grin whenever we bring up stories of boating and running at full throttle.

  1. Jo Woolf
    August 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Wonderful memories, and a superb pic!

    • September 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks Jo, the trip was quite few years ago…it seems like yesterday though! I’ll have to dig up some more photos from back then (I’ve found only a few so far). It was an experience I’ll never forget. Thank goodness Sharon transcribed the log I kept!

  2. September 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Fun. I remember driving my Grandfather’s boat when I was a kid.That photo says so much to so many people and tells a great story. Related to the grin-have seen friends after many years apart and instantly knew them from the expression on their face.

    • September 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Isn’t that great Jane when so many memories come flooding back just from a smile! Life is good…we get knocked around a bit…but life is good…no…it’s grand!

  3. September 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    What a beautiful post… Thank you dear David, have a nice week, love, nia

    • September 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you Nia, He is a great guy and his future wife is super. They make a great couple!
      Have a great week too!!!

  4. September 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    When I’m at the helm, I STILL grin from ear to ear at full throttle! 🙂

    • September 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      Isn’t that the best feeling?! I think boats and boating keep us young!

  5. September 3, 2012 at 7:47 am

    That is so sweet 🙂

    • September 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      After I posted this, I sent a text to him. He said he still gets a kick out of this photo. He also said, his future wife said he should grow the mullet back LOL

  6. September 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

    lovely story 🙂 good times… 🙂

    • September 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks Kristina, It was fabulous nine days on board the boat. I honestly didn’t want the trip to end !!!

  7. September 4, 2012 at 6:40 am

    What a wonderful story! 🙂

    • September 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Anne, it truly was a fantastic time…we laughed most of the way!!!

  8. September 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I never knew that you were a chef “down under”!

    • September 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

      John, I have to say I really did laugh out loud!!!

      • September 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

        I hope to have that effect on people every weekday. 🙂

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