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Day 204: barges, i would like to sail with you

23 Jul

Last night we snapped this photo from the rocks of Menemsha. 
As the sun set on the ocean this old Girl Scout camp fire song played through my head:

Out of my window looking through the night
I can see the barges’ flickering light
Silently flows the river to the sea
And the barges they go silently…

Barges I would like to go with you
I would like to sail the ocean blue
Barges have you treasure in your hold
Do you fight with pirates brave and bold

We were celebrating more than the sun setting on a beautiful Vineyard night; we were also toasting the good news of Justin’s cousin who just found out he will have an interview with Harvard.

After the sun’s final curtain came down and the applause ended we finished our celebratory champagne and walked to one of the little seafood shacks to grab some dinner.

Inside the little seafood store where live lobsters pile on top of each other waiting for their ultimate sale, including Lobsterzilla (the largest living lobster I have ever seen) were t-shirts, mugs, magnets, what have you, emblazoned with logos, Vineyard mementos and other items to buy showing proof you have indeed been there, done that.

I looked over the merchandise as I waited for our seafood dinner.
It would be fun to have a pink little t-shirt to remember Lobsterzilla.  It would be cool to have a koozie with a printed Vineyard map within hands reach.  It would be fabulous to take home the Vineyard refrigerator magnets and to sport a little hemp tied bracelet too.  All to commemorate a beautiful night.

As I looked over all the merchandise it occurred to me that I already had treasures in my hold.

And my treasures I will happily keep:
One melodic campfire song running through my head, a photo series of ships at sea and a “kodak” moment capturing the glee of someone’s dream as he popped the cork on a bottle of champagne.

They will all gather in my mind to mark the day the sun set on Menemsha, we toasted family, and good news, and future plans.

While I didn’t buy a souvenir I took home memories that I will treasure just the same. Maybe more.

Out of my window looking through the night
I can see the barges’ flickering light
Starboard shines green and port is glowing red
You can see them flickering far ahead

Barges I would like to go with you
I would like to sail the ocean blue
Barges have you treasure in your hold
Do you fight with pirates brave and bold

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