"I want to make sure that you are completely comfortable with what we are about to do. I promised your father I would take care of you, and I take that responsibility very seriously. I want to make sure that you are 100% sure that you feel safe."
I was sort of shocked. I thought long and hard about my response. First of all, I never feel completely safe, even living here in comfortable SoCal. Life is filled with risks, with dangers, with concerns.
I'm not stupid, however. I realize that sailing to Mexico and the South Pacific does increase our risk quotient. But when I'm anxious about something, I've learned that the best way to deal with my anxiety is with knowledge. Information. Facts.
Lately, I've been studying the blogs of families who are currently sailing the planet. There are thousands of them! My rationale is this: if I think I'm nervous about cruising Mexico and beyond, how does a mother feel doing it with her adorable little toehead children aboard? How do they even sleep at night?
What I've found, surprisingly, is that family after family says that, believe it or not, 99% of the time they do NOT feel vulnerable. They do not feel at risk.
On the contrary, they are having the time of their lives and experiencing a freedom and joy that they never thought possible.
Here are some photos from all over the world, and quotes from family sailing blogs:
Halloween is clearly as big a deal for the kids in the cruising world as it is stateside.
Clearly this is a recurring issue with little landlubber me: (see: "How Safe IS Mexico?" http://sailespiritu.blogspot.com/2011/09/how-safe-is-mexico.html).
So. Am I ready? Oh, yes. Ready as I'll ever be, baby! :-)