The life of the Son of a Boatswain (Bos’n) is not normal by any sense of the word. For one, you are a Military Brat, which makes you one of those Third Culture Kids. But the other part is that the Boatswain is one of the most “Navy” of all the ratings. They live for their ships and all else comes second. If you consider their responsibilities, this makes sense, but the children don’t take that into consideration. They just know that they come second.
There are three states of being… Alive, Dead or at Sea.
Unfortunately, today most people aren’t really living a full life. They exist in state three, “at sea”, which is a modern version of the nautical phrase “all at sea”.
All at sea:
A nautical expression that dates to the time when accurate navigational aids weren’t available. Any ship that was out of sight of land was without references to navigate by, leaving it in an uncertain position and in danger of becoming lost. Today, the expression or its shortened form “at sea” is used to describe someone who is confused, bewildered and unable to understand.
- Crossed the United States and back before the age of three
Played on the front floor of the car, between my mother’s feet, all the way from California to Massachusetts
- Attended the third, fourth and fifth grades in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
- Graduated from high school in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines
And, of course, left high school to join the Navy.
After all, what else would any legitimate S.O.B. be expected to do?
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