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August 11, 2007

I received word today that Hurricane Flossie has formed to the south of me.  If I had left when I planned to in June, I would be in the storm’s path.  Were my departure delays a blessing in disguise?

I have no idea what the seas will be like with such severe winds.  There is no escape hatch on this trip.  I am committed.  The nearest land is two months away by rowing.

So what to do?  Should I be scared?  Yes, I am nervous.  Yet, I have a choice.  I can be frozen with fear or I can focus on preparing for the storm.  In my mind, I prepare for different situations.  I need to know where everything is ahead of time. 

Of course, I look on the bright side and say, “These storms will bring north winds that may push the boat south.  And before you know it, I will cross the Equator.”

So I will sleep tonight just fine.  I am tired.  I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

*Entry adapted for grades 5-8 by Andrea Rogers

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