March 2005 Winner: Carol Hogan, Hurricane
Honorable Mention: Polly Dunn, The
Honorable Mention: Dr. Joyce Wheeler, Sea Story
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by Carol Hogan
Aye matey. There we were at sea – my
family and me -- when the hurricane hit. The unstoppable waves plowed over
us like a runaway locomotive, rolling our small blue sailboat first one way,
Each wave deposited a torrent down the hatch, filling the bilge and clothing
lockers with a gooey mess of engine oil and salt water.
My wife hunkered down on the bunk, fear and despair in her eyes. My two young
children weren’t afraid and decided to bake a cake.
Into a bowl went carelessly measured ingredients, soon ladled into a pan
and carefully placed in a stainless steel folding oven on top of our gimbaled
It baked. We waited, and listened to the never ending waves. Soon the exhilarating
scent of baking chocolate filled the cabin. Our spirits soared. Our mouths
watered. We almost sang for joy.
Then the largest wave of all rolled over the boat. The swinging stove went
into a dangerous tilt and threw the oven, with the cake in it, across the
cabin directly onto my wife’s big toe. The chocolate mix oozed through
her toes and onto the cabin floor, mingling with the gooey oil and salt water.
I put my arm around her and she burst into tears.
"There, there," I said. "It will be OK. Mother Nature’s
almost finished. The hurricane will soon be over and we’ll be safe,
"I know," she sighed with resignation. "But is she going to
clean up this mess?"