The true measure of a man
is not how he behaves
in moments of comfort and
but how he stands at times
of controversy and challenges.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
We see all sorts of things out in the front yard. Life on the bay means you are part of a dynamic panorama that is unpredictable and ever changing. Today brought some excitement and a near disaster. I was waiting for M to come back from work for a late lunch and saw two people launching a small sailboat. I could hardly believe they were doing it because the bay was whipped up into whitecaps with 30-40 mph winds as a front was blowing through. As soon as they launched, it was apparent that the mainsail was set wrong and whammo, the boat turtled and they were in the water. They righted it as they drifted, then rolled again. Once more they got it up and then it did a complete 180 except this time it was different.
It was obvious to those of us on land that the mast was stuck in the mud with the wind and the waves pinning the boat like a spear and no amount of their effort was going to free it. I was grateful that the water was relatively warm and several of us watched as they struggled fruitlessly. Then,,, one of the people in the water started waving her paddle in a gesture calling for help and we all got nervous. M had come home by then and was considering the possibilities of trying to reach them in his kayak. I went and loudly rang the fish bell in hopes that they knew we saw them and that help was on it's way.
Suddenly a powerboat came flying by and we all held our breath as it flew past them seeming not to register the situation. Suddenly the powerboat turned and like a miracle, it was full of strong young boys.
By this time we had alerted the Coast Guard and they showed up in their sleek quick response boat. Well,,,, the boys had things under control and with some extra manpower and a rope the day was saved. The powerboat towed them back to the launch under the watchful eye of the Coast Guard and all ended well. We always have to stand at the ready when living on the water. I am happiest when the rescue is just one of the kid's balls that has fallen into the water.
of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
~ Dale Carnegie