I’ve always wanted to learn to sail. I have family and friends who sail very well, but they live near the ocean. Here in Minnesota people sail on lakes in smaller boats, but of course it’s not quite the same thing as the ocean.

In junior high my school had a day every year when we were allowed to do whatever we chose from a list they provided. A good friend of mine and I would always choose to ride horses and that friend was excellent at sailing. She had spent six months on the ocean with her older sister and parents in their sailboat as a child. After riding one year we discussed the parts of a ship and how to tack on the way back to school.

One of my mother’s dearest friends put her son in a sailing class one summer to keep him busy back in the 1960’s and he’s turned it into his life. He spends his time sailing people’s yachts around for them.

I just wish I’d learned to sail. Maybe on my long list of things I need to do before I’m 90 I should add sailing.

What’s on your list?

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