Normally you would be reading here for new swell stories or pictures of recent sessions. There are some coming, but not today. Today is different. Today we go to sea once more.
In her three-year-old fancy, one of my daughter’s favorite games is to play “pirates” with her daddy. In full disclosure-not something you get often from pirates-yes, I have a costume, complete with eye patch. Our map is an early-reader children’s book which moves the reader through a series of “quests” in the hunt for treasure. This is our map and we are constantly sailing for the island with the three trees. We have no parrot (the pirate Queen is not a bird lover and neither be I), but ever the loyal first mate, Sonnydog is willing and an able hand as we make ready and drop canvas for far and distant shores. I keep a small gold coin ever in my pocket as it was given to me by the pirate princess and it seems to possess a certain charm as I wade through days less adventurous and more adult. The sea never seems far and islands of three trees or adventures immeasurable are that much closer.
Today we can escape again. Pirates of the Caribbean and Captain Jack Sparrow return to the screen. Ann Hornaday gave the film, its fans and its purpose its just due . The scourge (or hero, depending) of our Carolina shores makes his debut in the storyline. Despite his 27 stab wounds and 5 bullets, Blackbeard will breathe alongside Captain Sparrow for two hours. For two hours there is no worry of the introspective, the advancement of man, yourself, your job or the fear of debt and responsibility. We hang it all on a favorable breeze and go pirating. We are entertained. “I think we have all reached a new place spiritually, ecumenically and grammatically” and now the only thing that remains is to stow your disbelief, make ready and “we’ll go to sea once more”
“Not just the Spanish Main, love. The entire ocean. The entire wo’ld. Wherever we want to go, we’ll go. That’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that’s what a ship needs but what a ship is… what the Black Pearl really is… is freedom.” -Cpt. Sparrow