“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” ~ Louisa May Alcott
Like ships passing, I realize I’m on one and my sister stands on the other—after we’ve ridden side by side for a while now.
Our ships never completely paralleled.
I like my ship. Even while I view the vivacious parties and glorious sunsets over there, on hers.
She might not get the same view of the sunrise or meet the peeps I will on my ship.
We have different destinations.
Either of us could be rerouted or sail into inclement weather.
We bought our tickets and said where we want to go.
Now, we enjoy the adventure, greet the people, choose events and excursions, relax and relish.
Knowing we’re not actually driving the ship, we must trust.
I’m certain my big sister read the safety rules and learned her ship’s map.
When I holler across from mine to hers, “Hey, where are you going?!” she screams back, laughing like an 11-year-old girl on vacation with her mom and best friend, “I don’t know! Where are you going?”
It dawns on me that maybe I don’t know either. As I try to formulate an answer and speak it into the wind between us, I see her man come up behind her and wrap his arms around her.
She turns to look at him the way Rose looked at Jack on The Titanic.
There goes a love story.
My sister turns and waves, joy dripping from her face.
“Have fun!” she screams.
“I will!” I shout back, like a promise. “You too!”