According to my journal of the 21st of September, ‘they’re all psycho!’ Whether I’ve succumbed to the depths of craziness or whether this has always been me, is left to your discretion. But lecture week two is now complete so this seems like a good time to update you all, beloved readers, on my actions. (And no, it’s not because I was too lazy to go online and blog…)
Still on the 21st of September, I wrote ‘I’m learning that confession to and intercession with God is an on-going process and it’s great- I don’t have to come to him only when I’m full of emotion. I’m learning, as I said- excited, but a little bit worried as well..’ The main part is excited. A song by Kate Miller-Heidke made me smile… the air tastes different and I am excited!
I haven’t been myself, you know I haven’t been much fun
But I woke up this morning and the air tastes different
I love weekends on the boat. Today I lay in till 9:30 instead of getting up at 7. I missed the sunrise, but was up in time for Tom and Jerry cartoons while eating breakfast in the saloon. Basically on Saturday we get to be as lazy as we like, which I made the most of today. Since weekdays are full of lectures and maintenance on the ship, with Fridays as processing, Saturday is a good day to read, lie around and swim.
We discovered a charity shop in Victoria last weekend where I bought a record of Haydn’s Wassermusik- because we are classy and have a record player- as well as lots of books, so I started reading ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ and also investigating Harry Potter. (Christian question- is Harry Potter evil or not? It’s one of the things I never read growing up. Then I went to English sixth form and discovered I was missing a major generational culture marker. I have decided there’s only one way to find out, and thus far my opinion is that Rowling can tell a story…) But apparently it’s not the done thing to start reading the fourth book in, so I have to wait for someone to find me the first one.)
I did have to stop lazing around on the sofa after a while though, because today we had visitors- some friends from the ‘Fraternity’ mission over on Malta. I don’t know that much about what they do because I was shamelessly hiding in the skansen (the cosy reading room in the bow) feeling sleepy and antisocial. But they are some of the loveliest people I have ever met. They lead a really simple life- Hayden, who leads the mission, even wears the original brown monk’s habit- but they just seemed full of real life joy and the desire to connect with people.
Hayden asked if I played a musical instrument. When I told him about the violin, he asked if I played in worship. ‘Sometimes’, says I. ‘Why not all the time? Think about how when David played his harp, even when he wasn’t playing to worship, amazing things happened. If you have a gift, you should use it.’ He talked about how music can bring peace and bridge the gap between people. Then he asked me to play- eep! So I did- I played a folk waltz- and all of them told me to practice and pursue my gift and keep playing! One of the things I’ve really enjoyed in terms of getting to know Malta is meeting the Catholic community and seeing how they interact with the Protestants. It’s not all negative, the way I narrow-mindedly would have expected. It’s like if your relationship with God shines through whatever you’re doing, all the differences that people normally notice just don’t matter any more. Thought provoking.
After lunch we went swimming, because we can. Sarah got stung by a jellyfish but otherwise we survived without mishap and swimming is the only non-painful activity since I fell down the stairs yesterday. It happened guys- three weeks in, which I’m quite proud of. I hit my ‘noggin’ (as Seth calls it), elbow and bottom, and it hurt, but I’m alive!
My evening is all booked up with stage two of an extended edition Lord of the Rings marathon, so I’m signing out lovely people! I hope you’re proud of my third attempt to blog. I will be back. In case you had any more questions, over to Seth McDonald for the real deal captain’s log.
Captains log day 12. I have eaten……… well theres not much left to eat 😦 i have developed a bad case of the scurvy syndrome. i shall never be the same………. All teh homeschoolers corpses have been harvested for their nutritional value. good ridance i says. theyre just homeschoolers anyways. this ship is relatively lonely however i have gotten a new crew. theyre far less homeschooled……. all be it completely imaginary……… still suits me just fine……………….. 😥 😥 😥 …………… im so alone……. end captains log 😥
Captain Sethy scally heel-hook #benderjive* #yolo laser#
*apparently in Canada ‘bender’ is non-offensive and according to Seth, we’re all benders on this boat.
The western wave was all a-flame,
The day was well-nigh done!
Almost upon the western wave
Rested the broad bright Sun…
‘The Rime of the Ancient Maryner’, Samuel Taylor Coleridge