Jimmy Buffett - A Pirate looks at Forty
I love this island. All of it. The rawness, the beauty, the riches and the poverty. If it was any other way, it wouldn't be my island. We are all so grateful for the experiences, opportunities, lessons, and blessings we have received here. Our lives will be forever richer for our time spent in the Caribbean on an Island at the exact point of:
17.7500° N, 64.7500° W
However, all that said we are officially moving on to a new adventure. A location very close to our beginning destination. Bozeman, Montana:
45.6797° N, 111.0378° W
Overwhelming all of it is.
I am amazed at the fact that in 14 months we were able to make such an impact on people, and those same people made such an impact on us. I find myself sad again to leave behind friends, people who I grew close to and became dependent on their smiles, and laughter. I feel saddened that Macy has to leave behind her first "Best Friend Ever" at school. I am sad that she may never again attend a school that gathers the entire populous every morning for a prayer, pledge of allegiance and the VI March. THEY ARE AN UNINCORPORATED TERRITORY and they do this with vigor, valor, and respect.
I will miss my Mangos, Avacados, Vine Ripe Bananas, Carambola, and so many rich treasures the island has to hold....OH AND CARIBBEAN LOBSTER my mouth is already aching at the unquenchable thought of it.
And then there is the ocean. The perfect shades of blue, grean, and white. The feel of you on my skin, the splash of you at my feet. The treasures you hold, including my heart. I'v wanted to live by your waters since I was captured in your trance at the age of 5. I can hardly believe that I got to live that dream. To swim in your wake, to see your creatures live and breathe. To hear the sound of a whale calling through your blue. I will be back again. I can't stay away forever...but I have mountain fever, and I've got to see them again. But, I have to say thankyou. You healed my soul, and the soul of my mate. Forever grateful for that blessing we will be.
No regrets, no rocks un-turned. We came, we searched, we found, and we are forever changed.
Mother, mother ocean until we meet again.