Notes from Jan

Bon Voyage

June 10, 2017

We sail away today at 4:00.

Tomorrow’s itinerary reads At Sea.

I’ve felt that way more than once, haven’t you?

Reminds me of an old Sven and Ole joke.

(If you’re like my children, at this point you start rolling your eyes or finding an excuse to leave the room.)

JOKE  follows:

Ole:  “Hey Sven, dere’s a good deal on a cruise down by da vater.  $50 bucks.”

Sven: “Are you sure?  Sounds too good to be true.”

Ole: ” Sure youbetcha, it’s true. It’s yust da ting for us to do.”

So they headed down to the shore bought two tickets and each received a large rubber inner tube.

After bobbing about for a while, Sven looked over at Ole and said, ‘Dis vas a surprise.  Do de serve lunch on dis cruise?”

Ole: “Dey didn’t last year.”

(End of joke.)

Pretty sure they’ll serve lunch on this cruise and provide more than inner tubes.  Best of all, friends, like life preservers, are waiting to embark.

It’s been a love fest in Rotterdam with Raquel, Steven and Lilly, their 10 year old daughter.  My heart’s full.  As I left their home last night, Lilly handed me a present, a sea shell, a gift from her heart. The small shell slipped easily into a nook in my suitcase, along with  tangibles and intangibles from these days in Holland.  Bolstered by love, it’s time to “faith it” and head for the ship.

“Love never gives up…….Love never looks back, but keeps going to the end.” (from I Corinthians 13 in The Message)

Have cane, am able.

Now, just need my sea legs, whatever that means.






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  • Reply Janna June 10, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Have a wonderful journey! I look forward to “traveling” with you

  • Reply Lori June 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Have a wonderful time on your cruise! Love you ❤️

  • Reply Russ Bishop June 10, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    We expect some juicy stories when you return. Have fun….

  • Reply Dale Lefever June 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Nice imagery and a great reminder of the value of forever friends – even separated by distance.

    The Ole/Sven my Nordics tell is when the brothers were traveling in the back of a pick up truck that went off the road into a stream. Ole swam to safety but Sven drowned because he could not get the tailgate down. 🙂

    Watch out for the Cain and Abel illusion, since as far as I can tell they married their sisters!

    I trust you have Jud’s “sea legs” (and stomach).


  • Reply Rita Dove June 10, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Have a wonderful time, Jan! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures.

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