Grandchildren are Amazed

Now, on Sunday, the sky briefly clear, they come in clumps, in two and fours and larger family groups, to see the tanker, stuck, aground, going nowhere soon. Grandchildren are amazed at the excitement in grandads’ eyes. Serious photographers set up tripods in the most inconvenient places, for everyone else, and are amused at the happy snappers with their dinky digitals pointing into the sun.

The high ground is prized and picnic seats looked at sideways to spot a chance to sit and lord it over the newcomers. Walking away, bored with wave after wave, there is time to reflect on wind and tide and the ambitions and folly of men who go to sea, even in such huge ships.

One bloke bets me $200 it will still be there in three months. Far from the beach, a toddler cries: “ship!” And, his mother is take aback a this word, newly spoken, newly disclosed.

Grandchildren are Amazed

Keith Russell

Newcastle, Australia

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