"Love builds up the
the crooked path.
Love keeps the
stars in the firmament
and imposes rhythm
on the ocean tides.
Each of us is
created of it and
I suspect each of
us was created for it."
~~ Maya Angelou
I just got back into town last night after being away on a cruise for
over a week. I had a really nice time but am very, very, very
glad to be back!!! I missed so much, including my friends at
Due to my only very recent return, this is really, REALLY thrown
together and short.
Nonetheless, I hope you get a chuckle or two. Hopefully the next
one will be more organized.
So, as I wrote above, I've been
on a ship for a while. I'd decided some time ago that, unless I
had an awful time, I would use my experiences to write a sorta lighter
follow-up to "We Trust to Thee." In the story, Raquel will be
marrying a cruise ship captain on board a Caribbean cruise. And
she'll be inviting Andrew and Co. to make the momentous journey with
her since they were so supportive when she lost her daughter,
Dawn. And Andrew's her "sweet boy" and he just plain has to be
there. So sayeth I! Anyhow... Yesterday, in the Fort
I began to write this top ten (which turned into a 12) about it cause
my initial plan for this
newsletter fell through (unless you all wanted to try to decipher my
handwritten journal which included a lot of whining prior to my
locating the coffee bar). It's kinda spoilery, I guess.
Some of these things might or might not happen in the story (and I have
no clue when that will be completed). But I thought some of the
mental images were fun so without further adieu...
Twelve Things Likely to Happen When
Andrew and Co. Go on a Caribbean
12. With the rush of going
directly from an assignment to the cruise, Andrew will take the
Dyelander ladies up on their offer to pack for him. He'll regret
this decision when he finds himself in the hot Caribbean with only his
much loved flannel shirts, jeans, and leather jacket.
11. Just kidding. I'm
sure the ladies would put Andrew's comfort above their own apparel
appreciation and have enough common sense to pack weather and vacation
clothing. But there may be a slip or two... So Andrew may
find himself having to explain to a security agent why there's a loaded
tool belt in his luggage.
Andrew will have to gently remind Lady JenniAnn about his status as an
immortal when she freaks out upon hearing of his intent to swim with
sting rays and sharks at one of the ports. Eeek.
9. Andrew and Adam will wear
shorts due to the heat. Everyone will go into shock upon actually
seeing their calves and knees. (Seriously, am I the only one who
thinks it odd that Andrew wandered deserts in slacks and only wore
shorts once in 8.5 years?!?!)
8. While chauffeuring the
ladies during pre-cruise shopping, Andrew will be introduced to the
world of women's swim
wear and the angst caused by it. May God
have mercy on his soul. (BTW, I totally saw a very much not there
bikini with a white dove on it. I could only imagine the reaction
that might get from our favorite angels... ::shudders::)
Upon landing near the
cruise ship's main port, Andrew will just be glad to conclude a flight
with out having anything spilled on him or having to help birth a
baby. Or getting chewed out by Sam shortly thereafter...
6. Some girl will hit on
Andrew while on the ship. Then another. And another.
Andrew will look on with innocent amusement as his friends dole out the
evil eye and it dawns on him that, for once, someone's actually getting
a lil jealous over him. Little does he know it happens A
LOT! Love him...
5. Andrew, ever pleased to make people happy, will gamely agree
to have his hair braided by the locals. The Look will be
permanently stuck on Tess' face until he undoes them.
4. Good natured fighting will ensue as many of the ladies vie for
the chance to undo the aforementioned dreads. I know none of them
were ever glad about his broken arm. But I bet they miss the
excuse it gave them to do his hair. Sigh...
3. While on board the ship, the cabin stewards assigned to
certain unnamed Dyelanders will wonder why they have men's flannel
shirts tucked under their pillows... Gah, that's really
clingy. I maybe shouldn't have wrote that. I now feel
embarrassed for the characters. Oh well. They're obviously
doing something with those shirts they
2. Everyone will look at the AODs (who may or may not have been
on a certain doomed ship) with concern when a musical performer on
board plays "My Heart Will Go On." And, yes, they totally played
the real ship. What the what!?!? Why not play "Nearer My
God to Thee" while they're at it!?!?
1. And then all sorts of other sappy things will happen.
But I'll leave those for the story... ;-) One thing I
definitely know will NOT happen, though: At no point will the phrase
"I'm king of the world!" be uttered. Thank the Father for that!
The photographs used on this
page are from "Touched by
an Angel" and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon
Water Productions. They are not being used to seek profit.)