Ships Watch as your personal sanctuary: The “Twin Towers” of the Jewish and Christian year are upon us this week – Passover and Easter. Al Capp had a cartoon character in Li’l Abner, Joe Btfsplk, who was a friend to all, but cursed with a cloud of troubles forever raining on him The past winter’s cold and snow did that to many.
Shakespeare opens Richard III hopefully with “Now is the winter of our discontent, turned summer…” Steinbeck, in his book of the same name, turned this hopefulness on its head into a modern dark tale of moral turpitude and redemption.
If you fly out of Toronto in winter, all you see are ads for Florida. One wag says that Canada has but eleven months because the country spends February in Florida. We all are in dis-ease with our winters of discontent and struggles with self and climate. Seasonally Affected Disorders are real, whether in Toronto, Philly, DC or Richmond.
I like to think of Ships Watch as your personal sanctuary, equally good for celebrating holidays or convalescing from winter’s effects. So, regardless of your belief or need, I encourage you to take a walk on the beach and allow the wind to blow away the winter cobwebs of discontent, and despair. It’s always a great day at Ships Watch!