2022.44 : S.S. Minnow

Tehachapi, California USA Circa 2021

‘What is the secret of your serenity?’

Said the Master, ‘Wholehearted cooperation with the inevitable.’

— Anthony de Mello​

For those who don’t know. The S.S. Minnow was the name of the boat featured in the landmark U.S. TV show “Gilligan’s Island.” No relation to the boat in the photograph. I do applaud the humorous creative imagination of the tagger.

These selected lyrics from the theme song have always haunted me:

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropical port
Aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three-hour tour, a three-hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The Minnow would be lost, the Minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle”

These lyrics have taken on even more haunting meaning in my life recently. As the caretaker of a parent with dementia, I feel about these lyrics as I did as a kid watching the TV show, only more haunting. For all the too many who are also suffering with their loved ones during their long goodbye, I salute your courage as their fearless, and yet terrified, crew.

And now … know the photograph.

They updated the opening when the show went color.

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