By Mary South

At 40, Mary South had a stunning domestic, strong associates, and a winning occupation in publication publishing. yet she could not support feeling that she was once lacking anything intangible yet crucial. So she made up our minds to look for it . . . at sea. Six months later she had give up her activity, bought the home, and was once dwelling aboard a forty-foot, thirty-ton metal trawler she rechristened Bossanova. regardless of her overall loss of event, South set out on her maiden voyage—a fifteen-hundred-mile odyssey from Florida to Maine—with her one-man, two-dog workforce. yet what begun because the success of an idle want grew to become a crash path in navigating the complex byways of the self.

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At 15, when I returned from these two years abroad, I found myself at an upstate New York high school where my fellow tenth graders were (I kid you not) reading a book about a raccoon named Ricky. Luckily, my English teacher noticed me slipping into a coma at the back of the room and sent me to the library for the rest of the year to write a paper on James Joyce. ) The following year I was a Rotary International exchange student in Brazil, and when I returned, I skipped my senior year of high school and commuted to a local college.

I was horribly depressed. I thought Ros deserved better, no matter how much she had hurt her children in her waning years. Perhaps ~ 45 ~ M ARY S OUTH they, too, were unprepared, caught off guard by the finality of the moment and the fact that this small cardboard box was what their domineering mother had been reduced to. I felt like my beautiful childhood had been cremated and scattered in the wind. T H E R E WAS M O R E T H A N one moment in that nine-week period at Chapman when I was stretched so thin emotionally, physically, spiritually and financially that I really thought I might have a nervous breakdown.

But not, she told us, before she had made a deal with the Lord: if He would allow her to somehow swing the purchase, she promised Him she would start a boating program for high school students. After this “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” arrangement with the Almighty, the purchase happened so easily that it was “eerie” and she felt honor-bound to keep her commitment. While this speech initially set off some alarm bells about what kind of crackpot school I had committed myself to, at least it answered some of the questions that had nagged at philosophical minds since the beginning of time.

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