Friday, November 6, 2015

Timing is Everything
By Michael
VAVA'U, TONGA


Watching American Samoa go by from
a bus window.
Poor Eleanor.

As our stay in American Samoa was extended by Dengue Fever, waiting for a weather window, and our being totally charmed by the place and reluctant to leave, Eleanor grew increasingly anxious.

“Are we going to be at sea for my birthday? What about Halloween?”

Windy, our weather guru and route planning officer, hesitated, “I don’t know, we’re going to have to wait and see—but it’s possible Eleanor.”

Eleanor was scheduled to turn 12 on the 29th, two days before Halloween. It would be a two-and-a-half-day passage from American Samoa to the Kingdom of Tonga. She watched the calendar carefully.

A weather window appeared, we were all healthy, and our business in American Samoa was over. It was Wednesday the 28th. Windy declared it time to go.

“Worst birthday ever.” I joked.

“DAD! Seriously, my birthday’s going to suck.”

Windy leaned in to assure. “We’ll still celebrate.”

“But Tina and Shane won’t be there—and we’re going to be at sea for Halloween…”

I saw an opening, “Being at sea will be better than being in Tonga, they don’t celebrate Halloween there.”

Underway to Tonga, Frances
writing in one of her journals,
wearing Halloween cat ears.
“What? Dad, stop.”

So the first 24 hours, force four on the beam, passage heaven. The next day, we woke Eleanor with a couple gifts and I made a special birthday breakfast with eggs and the veggie sausage we were able to buy in American Samoa. Windy chopped up a fresh Papaya. Then things went downhill.

In the middle of making the lemon tart that Eleanor requested, we ran out of propane. I’d gambled that we’d have enough to get us to Tonga.

“Dad!”

“It’s okay, your birthday’s over anyway.”

“What?”

“We just crossed the International Date Line; it’s now the 30th.”

“Mom, seriously?”

“Uh, yeah. Tomorrow’s Halloween.”

“Uhn…my birthday’s gone…and how are we going to trick-or-treat?”

“We have candy.” Windy said.

“But there are no other boats.”

“Just keep coming back to us,” I suggested, “‘Trick or treat! Trick or treat! Trick or treat!’”

“Oh my god—worst birthday ever, and worst Halloween.”

I’ve got to say that Eleanor’s a trooper, that most of her sentiment is tongue and cheek. In fact, I think she thinks it’s kind of cool that she got to celebrate her birthday under such exotic circumstances.

“Next year can we at least sail the other direction so I can have two birthdays—or two Halloweens?”

--MR

Frances walking along a pretty stretch of coastline
near Pago Pago.



Viewing Leone from remnants of an abandoned home.
This will be the last year Windy is taller than her oldest child.








A rugged stretch of coastline.
So far, the only photo of me I public wearing one of my
lava lavas.


 
The girls discovering a puddle with thousands of pollywogs
on a hike with Britney and Matt of Tipsea.
Underway to Tonga, Frances looking for hidden candy. We
did an onboard Easter-Halloween mash-up in lieu of
trick-or-treating.
The birthday girl underway, enjoying fresh papaya from a
half-coconut.

9 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday, Eleanor. I have no recollection of turning twelve. You won't have that problem.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Save Your Relationship and Get Your Ex Boyfriend/Girlfriend Back!contact: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com is certainly the best spell caster online and his result is 100% guarantee.
      My Name is BEN KAYLA from Tx,USA. After 10years of marriage, i and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and our kids and moved to California to be with another woman. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really ina love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a this Dr William how he has helped alot of woman to get there Ex Back so i contacted him and he promise to help me, he told me what to do and i did it then he did a Love spell for me. 28 hours later to my suprise my husband called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and the kids.So from that day,our Marriage was now stronger than how it were before, All thanks to Dr William. he is so powerful and i decided to share my story on the internet how Dr William has helped me to get my ex back.he is real and is a powerful spell caster who has wiped alot of peoples tears, if you are here and you need your Ex back or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact this powerful spell caster now. Here’s his contact
      Call/WhatsApp: +2347063809857 ,
      Email: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com.


      Save Your Relationship and Get Your Ex Boyfriend/Girlfriend Back!contact: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com is certainly the best spell caster online and his result is 100% guarantee.
      My Name is BEN KAYLA from Tx,USA. After 10years of marriage, i and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and our kids and moved to California to be with another woman. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really ina love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a this Dr William how he has helped alot of woman to get there Ex Back so i contacted him and he promise to help me, he told me what to do and i did it then he did a Love spell for me. 28 hours later to my suprise my husband called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and the kids.So from that day,our Marriage was now stronger than how it were before, All thanks to Dr William. he is so powerful and i decided to share my story on the internet how Dr William has helped me to get my ex back.he is real and is a powerful spell caster who has wiped alot of peoples tears, if you are here and you need your Ex back or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact this powerful spell caster now. Here’s his contact
      Call/WhatsApp: +2347063809857 ,
      Email: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com.

      Delete
  2. Happy birthday Eleanor!! Sending hugs from NZ

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Save Your Relationship and Get Your Ex Boyfriend/Girlfriend Back!contact: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com is certainly the best spell caster online and his result is 100% guarantee.
      My Name is BEN KAYLA from Tx,USA. After 10years of marriage, i and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and our kids and moved to California to be with another woman. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really ina love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a this Dr William how he has helped alot of woman to get there Ex Back so i contacted him and he promise to help me, he told me what to do and i did it then he did a Love spell for me. 28 hours later to my suprise my husband called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and the kids.So from that day,our Marriage was now stronger than how it were before, All thanks to Dr William. he is so powerful and i decided to share my story on the internet how Dr William has helped me to get my ex back.he is real and is a powerful spell caster who has wiped alot of peoples tears, if you are here and you need your Ex back or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact this powerful spell caster now. Here’s his contact
      Call/WhatsApp: +2347063809857 ,
      Email: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com.


      Save Your Relationship and Get Your Ex Boyfriend/Girlfriend Back!contact: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com is certainly the best spell caster online and his result is 100% guarantee.
      My Name is BEN KAYLA from Tx,USA. After 10years of marriage, i and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and our kids and moved to California to be with another woman. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really ina love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a this Dr William how he has helped alot of woman to get there Ex Back so i contacted him and he promise to help me, he told me what to do and i did it then he did a Love spell for me. 28 hours later to my suprise my husband called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and the kids.So from that day,our Marriage was now stronger than how it were before, All thanks to Dr William. he is so powerful and i decided to share my story on the internet how Dr William has helped me to get my ex back.he is real and is a powerful spell caster who has wiped alot of peoples tears, if you are here and you need your Ex back or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact this powerful spell caster now. Here’s his contact
      Call/WhatsApp: +2347063809857 ,
      Email: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com.

      Delete
  3. Casey s/v Dawn TreaderNovember 13, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    “It’s okay, your birthday’s over anyway.” That is classic Captain Dad, right there. That sort of observation eventually got me dropped in rank from Skipper to simply, Bad Dad. I hope the girls can get together when you are back in the states. Thinking of you guys all the time.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Replies
    1. Save Your Relationship and Get Your Ex Boyfriend/Girlfriend Back!contact: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com is certainly the best spell caster online and his result is 100% guarantee.
      My Name is BEN KAYLA from Tx,USA. After 10years of marriage, i and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and our kids and moved to California to be with another woman. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really ina love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a this Dr William how he has helped alot of woman to get there Ex Back so i contacted him and he promise to help me, he told me what to do and i did it then he did a Love spell for me. 28 hours later to my suprise my husband called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and the kids.So from that day,our Marriage was now stronger than how it were before, All thanks to Dr William. he is so powerful and i decided to share my story on the internet how Dr William has helped me to get my ex back.he is real and is a powerful spell caster who has wiped alot of peoples tears, if you are here and you need your Ex back or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact this powerful spell caster now. Here’s his contact
      Call/WhatsApp: +2347063809857 ,
      Email: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com.


      Save Your Relationship and Get Your Ex Boyfriend/Girlfriend Back!contact: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com is certainly the best spell caster online and his result is 100% guarantee.
      My Name is BEN KAYLA from Tx,USA. After 10years of marriage, i and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and our kids and moved to California to be with another woman. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really ina love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a this Dr William how he has helped alot of woman to get there Ex Back so i contacted him and he promise to help me, he told me what to do and i did it then he did a Love spell for me. 28 hours later to my suprise my husband called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and the kids.So from that day,our Marriage was now stronger than how it were before, All thanks to Dr William. he is so powerful and i decided to share my story on the internet how Dr William has helped me to get my ex back.he is real and is a powerful spell caster who has wiped alot of peoples tears, if you are here and you need your Ex back or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact this powerful spell caster now. Here’s his contact
      Call/WhatsApp: +2347063809857 ,
      Email: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com.

      Delete
  5. Save Your Relationship and Get Your Ex Boyfriend/Girlfriend Back!contact: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com is certainly the best spell caster online and his result is 100% guarantee.
    My Name is BEN KAYLA from Tx,USA. After 10years of marriage, i and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me and our kids and moved to California to be with another woman. i tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains that torments my heart, my heart was filled with sorrows and pains because i was really ina love with my husband. Every day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me, I was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a this Dr William how he has helped alot of woman to get there Ex Back so i contacted him and he promise to help me, he told me what to do and i did it then he did a Love spell for me. 28 hours later to my suprise my husband called me and told me that he miss me and the kids so much, So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and the kids.So from that day,our Marriage was now stronger than how it were before, All thanks to Dr William. he is so powerful and i decided to share my story on the internet how Dr William has helped me to get my ex back.he is real and is a powerful spell caster who has wiped alot of peoples tears, if you are here and you need your Ex back or your husband moved to another woman, do not cry anymore, contact this powerful spell caster now. Here’s his contact
    Call/WhatsApp: +2347063809857 ,
    Email: supersolutionhome11@gmail.com.

    ReplyDelete
  6. hello everyone here i want to tell the whole world about DR AKIOYA herbal mixture product ...Dr AKIOYA penis enlargement herbal product in Africa.This is the only Male Penis Enlargement product has been used by men around the world like USA,CANADA,AUSTRALIA,BELGIUM,SWEDEN,GERMANY,UK,SINGAPORE,MALAYSIA AND SO MANY MORE supplement that has been PROVEN to-enlarge your penis – safely, quickly, and importantly – PERMANENTLY.Full DR AKIOYA Penis Enlargement product when used will Increase in penis length by 1-5 inches Increase in penis width by 20%helps in preventing Premature Ejaculation.Achieved longer, rock hard erections All gains in penis length and width are 100% permanent Full AKIOYA Penis Enlargement product is also:100% Herbal, 100% Safest with no side effect and its of two types I have the one for enlargement and for reduction and your advised to use it by message 100% Satisfaction and Money Back Guarantee. DR.AKIOYA, About my products i have herbal product and oil 100% Permanent Guaranteed resulting it on your body where you feel you want to reduce or enlarge which will help you to be strong and you get the desirable size you want-within 3-5 days and when you get your desirable size you are advised to stop using it and the results you gain will remain permanent We also do deliveries all over AFRICA, and worldwide so i would like to know first when do you need the product.for more information call or whatsapp Dr.AKIOYA +2348105257464 or call +2348105257464 email DrAkioya17spellhome@gmail.com
    note DR AKIOYA also have herbal medicines to problems like
    PENIS ENLARGEMENT
    ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
    DIABETES type 1 and type 2
    HERPES GENITAL WART
    LOW SPERM COUNT
    WEAK ERECTION
    BREAST ENLARGEMENT
    PROSTRATE CANCER
    HIV/AIDS
    SPELL OF ALL KINDS LIKE EX BACK,CANCEL DIVORCE,BREAK UP SPELL ,PREGNANCY SPELL,PROMOTION SPELL,JOB SPELL
    ALS
    HPV 123
    PILE
    ASTHMA
    HEART FAILURE
    PREMATURE EJACULATION
    HEPATITIS A,B,C AND MANY MORE
    THANKS

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to comment; we look forward to reading your feedback. Don't forget that you may also contact us directly at delviento@hotmail.com (please type DEL VIENTO in the subject line)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...