|Feb 11, 2016||Either Oar|
|Feb 10, 2016||Kerri’s Eagle|
|Feb 9, 2016||Fools, Kooks, Sanity and the Insane|
|Feb 8, 2016||The Weight of Stones|
|Feb 7, 2016||Tumbledown|
|Feb 6, 2016||Annie and Nurse Kim|
|Feb 5, 2016||The Red Lentil Path|
|Feb 4, 2016||Cat Man|
|Feb 3, 2016||Wisteria Desperation|
|Feb 2, 2016||Cut Up|
|Feb 1, 2016||The Negotiation|
Title: Either Oar
Date: February 11, 2016
The rain and gale had abated. He walked down to bail his rowboat, and then the oarsman set out for a row across the bay in his antique and capable Whitehall* rowboat. She is old, easy to row, and tracks well in choppy seas. The bay that day was white capped in a fresh northeasterly breeze, but it was not trouble for the Whitehall.
Sailing up the bay, a close-hauled sloop came flying with her starboard rail nearly buried, on a sure collision course with the Whitehall.
The oarsman saw the sloop closing in and so raced forward with strong and steady strokes. At the worst moment, with the sloop at twenty yards and closing, his starboard oar suddenly snapped above its leather collar and broke in two unequal lengths.
Befuddled for a moment, he thought and prayed about what do, as the sloop raced on toward him. With one long oar he could row in circles, or he could shorten his port oar to match the starboard one, and then maybe pull with little, short strokes, which is what he did, and rowed to safety in the nick of time; then he slowly turned the Whitehall for the long row home using his shortened oars. That’s the reason he now carries an extra oar.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, if we set out this day one oar short of a useful pair, or if we get in a bind in choppy seas, remind us to pray, but also remind us to think and work our way to a solution. Amen.
Today’s Thought Is: “Pray to God, but row for shore.”**
*“Whitehall rowboats are considered one of the most refined rowboats of the 19th century. The basic design is much older and of European ancestry. It strongly resembles a sailing ship's gig or a Thames river wherry used by watermen as a taxi service…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitehall_Rowboat
** Ascribed as a Russian proverb http://thinkexist.com/quotation/pray_to_god-but_continue_to_row_toward_shore/14653.html