"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

Friday, January 22, 2010

How to be a Good First Mate

Basically, every marriage book I've ever read has prepared me for taking on the task of becoming a First Mate. We have been married for 8 years, so I've read a lot of them! Now it is just time to follow all that good advice.

I feel like each time we take the boat out of the slip we are playing out some quotable vignette in which the Captain (husband) is supposed to manage the way-ward crew (wife and/or family) and subvert any possible attempted mutiny. This is not a compliment to my own behavior! I am usually the instigator of said mutiny attempts. Insubordination cannot be tolerated on such a small vessel!
Ha ha! All joking aside, the opportunity to become a better help-mate has rather clearly presented itself. I have taken to refinishing the galley. Truman has attended to the motor and sails. We make a good team actually. But, we are learning to steer, tack, navigate, anchor, etc.

There are several obstacles:

First of all, I have never taken a sailing class. I have never read a sailing book. I might be considered lazy.... the jury is still out on that one. But, Truman has the task of educating himself and then educating me at whatever level he feels appropriate. I am perfectly happy with this arrangement!

Let's see how it works out this year! Follow along with us!

~ Lauren, First Mate


  1. I love it! Love reading my sisters blog. I can tell already I will love your too! Ok, so those are some nice pictures you have got on the sailboat, have you gotten a new camera? If not this is a must! No excuses. =) Last I saw costco had the one my sister got $100 off.

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  3. Ok, I still need to learn how to comment on a comment! Well, Laura, thanks for your support. I haven't gotten the nice camera yet, but it is in the works. Stay tuned for more great stuff!


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