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Polar Opposites

>> Wednesday, May 22, 2013

You crawl out of warm, cozy beds
We roll out of squeaky, leaky racks.

You get up at 6:30 to get ready for school
We’ve been on deck since 0400.

You take a hot shower for fifteen minutes every morning
We dump buckets of cold salt water over our heads every week or so.

You walk down crowded hallways
We walk through narrow companionways.

You sit in a little metal chair at a desk
We sit on cabin tops, on deck boxes and in crazy creeks.

You get school cancelled for snow days
We stand watch through squalls.

You zone out in an air-conditioned classroom
We sunbathe during class.

You go to school in a giant concrete box
We got to school on a beautiful wooden Schooner.

You stop class to listen to an announcement on the PA
We stop class to watch a pod of dolphin swim by.

Your class goes on a field trip to a museum
Our field trips are to the volcanoes and boiling lakes.

You have calculus and AP history
We have Nav Sea and Maritime History.

You have pep rallies
We have all hands musters.

You fold paper to make paper airplanes in class
We furl jibs out on the bowsprit.

You see your classmates 8 hours a day, five days a week
We live with ours 24/7.

You end your day staring at a TV
We end ours gazing at a breadth taking sunset.

You don’t know your teacher’s first name
We don’t know our teacher’s last name.

You carry your books around from class to class
We haul on lines to set the sails.

You ripped your paper taking it out of your binder
A wave came over the rail and soaked my whole notebook.

You have 2013 i-pads
We have 1990 radar.

You sit on your couch and play with your computer
We stand in the Nav station and plot ships.

You send 200+ texts a day
We call home once a month.

You have automatic flush toilets
We pump 50+ times every trip to the head.

You wear Uggs and flip flops
We wear Sperry’s and Tevas.

You see your parents everyday
We see our parents once in four months.

Cassidy Bierce


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