SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
July 01, 2015
An apology to our parents and guardians
51° 36.9’N x 008° 32.2’W
Description of location
Anchored at Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland
HB (3114.7 nm)
Weather / Wind / Sail Plan
Cloudy. Wind E Force 1. Seas S less than 1 foot.
Marine Mammals Observed last 24hrs (estimate of totals)
Sargassum Observed last 24hrs (estimate of totals)
I’d like to take a quick moment to form a very small apology to everyone that my classmates and I will return home to relatively soon. Our journey on the ocean is coming to a close and I have watched as 16 strangers who I now call friends have grown over the course of a month during our time on Cramer. We will return home different in many ways from how we left. Thus, the apology begins, and I’ll direct it at my own parents specifically though I think everything translates for my peers:
Mom and Dad, I’m sorry if I embarrass you around company by excusing myself to “use the head.” I’m sorry if I get annoying when I repeat back everything you ask me to do in a call-and-response fashion. I’m sorry if I confuse you when I ask you to get the milk out of the reefer or when I refer to dirt as ‘mung’. I’m sorry if folded laundry begins to look like folded sails and that ‘rope’ might always be ‘line.’ I’m sorry if it gets annoying when I announce my arrival into dark rooms or spaces, as we have gotten accustomed to announcing ourselves on deck at night. I’m sorry that my new snack of choice has become saltines and Nutella, and that I will never quite be satisfied with any bread not made by the hands of Jen Webber. I’m sorry if I complain about white light at night or if my sleep pattern seems odd for the next month as I readjust to sleeping through the night.
For all of these minor annoyances I apologize in advance, but I also know that you will understand, shake your heads a bit, and chuckle. Because even though we all may have trouble shaking these habits when we first return to land, the experiences that we gained are things that have helped us to develop into more determined, independent individuals. We have become better leaders and more skillful scientists, and we have opened our eyes to the different backgrounds of our peers. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world, and I know the whole class feels the same way. So while I may have addressed this as an apology to you all back home, I’m really not that sorry at all.
Be safe and we’ll see you all soon!