A toddler in an emotionally explosive and unstable family has her leg amputated. In spite of significant hurdles, she powers through to become a successful career woman and equally successful single parent.
Wendy Sura Thomson is a 5-star author of Summon the Tiger, The Third Order, and Postcards from the Future (as a contributing author.) She has several more works underway. She lives in Michigan with her two beloved Irish Setters and covets sipping coffee outdoors first thing in the morning, rain or shine., listening to the waterfall and the birds and watching [often with amusement] the pups explore.
I was a navigator on a 110-ft Dutch coastal freighter for six months. Yes I was - not on a commercial navigator, mind you, but, nevertheless, a navigator that had learned both Loran C and celestial navigation. I still have the sextant and the old, oil-fueled starboard light.
Who would have thought that a 19-year old, 5'4 female college student, disabled at that, would climb aboard? Yes, I did.
Summon the Tiger
We were again ready to sail away – into the Northern Atlantic. In December. This is something I would not recommend. Nothing like December in the Northern Atlantic. We hit a storm like I have never seen. Sure, we were chopped up in Lake Erie. But the ship had weight in the Great Lakes. In the Atlantic it tossed about like a plastic bobber when a perch takes the bait. I will never, never forget one night. There I was, in the dead of night on the wheel, in that terrible storm. I looked to the left: water at eye-level. I looked to the right: water at eye-level. I looked out past the seventy feet of deck to the bow, which was pointed down a trough at some significant angle: water at eye-level, seventy feet out, from bow to eye level. We must have been in 30 or 40-foot seas. Our ship was quite sea-worthy, we were in huge swells and not in crashing waves… the ship took it well. That being said, it was awe-inspiring, and it gave me a respect for the power of the sea that will never leave. Let’s just say I will never be the one to take off for the Polynesian Islands in a 40-foot sailboat.