Monday, August 22, 2011

A Tradition based on Superstition

I once heard a story about how wives and mothers of sea faring men would wave the boats off out to sea, but would turn, at the last moment, before the boats were out of sight.  It was regarded as bad luck to watch the boats disappear for fear that it would indeed be the last time, for fear that the boat would indeed dissolve into the horizon and never come back.

Fishing Boat, Leaving Harbour at Pittemweem, Fife, Scotland on flickr

As someone who claims not to be superstitious, I must admit this is a tradition I have adopted as my own.  I have never verbalised or given the action any weight before, however I do consciously tear my eyes away from the departing vision of my husband as he 'sails' out into the wide open sky.

As always I am left, tethered with my two little anchors.  My two small boys.  We are content here and for the most part are happy to count down the days until the nets are pulled in and the boats sail home.


  1. Wow, I had never thought about this image. I have never been in the position to have to think about this, and I have never known a person before who actually sailed off into sea. It is very interesting, it made me think of the movie Ponyo and how the mom was mad that the daddy had to stay longer at sea and leave her home. I can't imagine having to go through that. Many Blessings to you and your family and may your husband always come back! :)
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  2. True Identity - I should clarify, my husband 'sails' metaphorically speaking - he is away from us but he is not at sea. I wouldn't want to claim any status that should be reserved for women who really do have loved ones in more dangerous circumstances than mine. That said, when someone leaves, you just never know if they will come back to you, life is unpredictable! That aside - thank you for taking the time to comment.


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