Tuesday, November 4, 2008



(Whispered): But I asked Prayer Girl. And she said there's
NO WAY you're coming back to Naples with us...
at least not until you put on some shoes!

When Anna and I received our first glimpse of the "Freedom of the Seas" from the Miami shore, we saw only the top several decks. I actually figured we were looking at the towers of a tall condominium complex. As the fullness of our view of the ship became transfigured, we both gasped at the majestic beauty of this true edifice of the oceans.

Such a huge piece of boat, actually floating--HOW? What a wonderful feeling to board this largest cruise ship in the world, so safe, so comfortable, so complete in its offerings of services. Restaurants are everywhere. There are are 21 complete bars on this barge! And we were so pampered by the staff of more than 1,000. The captain, boss, host, dictator, is charged with operating a ship carrying more than 4,000 guests.

This ship is a place I could live the rest of my life. Only conditions would be that Anna, Internet access, AA groups, and adequate medical facilities be available. All else could stay ashore AFAIAC. (That's "As Far As I Am Concerned", for some people I know! -grin-)

The opening-line phrase kept repeating itself in my small brain: "I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky. And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by." (Masefield)

Wonderful facilities, wonderful food, wonderful companionship is here, and I am so in love with life, and all it has to offer, all which God has given us, all which we accept, with gratitude and praise. And all He asks is that I spread the good news of sobriety (and any other good news!) among those who need it AND want it.

How I would miss my blogger friends, though. That would really hurt. But Internet access would alleviate that void. And I'd miss my 6, 7, and 8 A.M. meetings, but could probably deal with that. I'd miss my bike, but could probably deal with that. I'd miss my friends--in and out of AA--and this would present problems for me, personally and spiritually. But there are always friends waiting around the next corner!

Well, we got off the ship, and the memories came with us: Meetings, meetings, meetings. Coffee, coffee, coffee. Companionship, fellowship, sharing, hope, love, and "getting to know you" stuff constantly surrounded us on this magical trip of Gratitude to God and AA!



Lou said...

There's no place like your home group..and more coffee.

Syd said...

I understand your thoughts. I've often considered living on a boat, something like a 40 foot sailboat. It is just comforting to be on board my boat.

recoveryroad said...

Sometimes I go to see my dad in Southampton, England. The size of some of the cruise liners and container ships is incredible. Like skyscrapers on water!

Thanks for your good wishes. It looks like he's out of immediate danger.

Kathy Lynne said...

thank you for your kind words....I'm a work in progress.

I'm achin' for a cruise now..

time to nag...

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Missed you while you were away!!! But so glad you had a great trip!

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Wow, what an adventure!!!! I agree with Lou, there's no place like your home group~ and I am so glad that you had such a great time...hopefully Kristin and I can make it in 2010!!!

♥●• Izdiher·•●♥ said...

I LOVED THIS :)Some places are magical ,isn't?

Steve E said...

Ha! You make me to re-read my own posts of 2-3 years ago. If someone else had written this one, I would say, "HEY! THAT is a good piece of writing!"

So, I thank you for 'discovering' this again for me. And yes. Magical. For me, now, the whole Universe is 'magical' or Miracle!

But there ARE those special places. Hmmmmm?

♥●• Izdiher·•●♥ said...

It happens :)
I will read many others of your .It's an interesting blog and I am loving it,Steve.

Steve E said...

Very flattering for a Peep to read a blog which is posted two-and- half years before, Izdiher Jan!

Thank you (and thank Google for saving these things--and for FREE!!!)