“It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” » Sir Francis Drake
The Waters flow under me, around me, and over me in my soul. I love the sea, it is a gift to be able to work a living from the sea. Not many get to experience what I do, and to see the sights the waters afford only over time.
“At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.” » Robin Lee Graham
I read a statement that I’ve never forgotten. The difference the sea makes in a persons view, and viewing.
“Men in a ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking down.” » John Masefield
How true it is, There is rarely a moment one is not glancing up, and around as a fisherman. Watching for fish schools, debris on the water, other vessels, waves, bird activity, whales porpoise, tuna, mackerel, herring, other peoples fishing activity or set gear. You name it. The life of a fisherman teaches you to look up, around, and watch that horizon, all 360 degrees. Being a Fisherman’s son, an working on the sea since I turned nine years old, has afford me the habit of looking up, and around. It has become instinct.
“In a real way learning to be a fisherman is learning to see, anticipate, and expect.”
In the Malian villages where i serve, this instinct just may have enabled me to look around and see things others might not see. Who knows?
I am fishing eels on Prince Edward Island these days, with Mali, West Africa, never far from my mind. Successful women literacy work I’d like to expand. I’d love to be recording thousands more Micro SD cards with Bambara educational materials, as they have gone viral again. All the things that could be set in motion, if I were there. I am having serious withdrawal symptoms right now. But we are watching and waiting for a security wise window to open.
Those eel nets I began to hang while in Mali in the late nights of nothing to do, well, well several are in the water now, and a few more will be finished each week. I have been waiting for floats that never arrived, and it was hold us back, so I had to find another workable solution. I wish I had moved on this other alternative sooner.
“I do not know whether I have been a good seaman, but I know I have been a very faithful one. Joseph” Conrad
“The wind that blows, the ship that goes and the girl that loves a sailor.”
Every seaman is not only a navigator, but a merchant and also a soldier. ~ William Petty