As a side note, we were both right, and we were both wrong; we definitely needed a wraparound porch, and, as it turns out, we were definitely boat people.
As we floated, I took stock of the things on the boat that have been with us for as long as we have had her, and, a few that have been around almost as long. Some things, it turns out, are very good investments. Just like the boat.
I bought this laundry bag the first summer that we had the boat. It cost all of five bucks at The Hellmouth, so, I figured, if it fell apart after one season's use, no big deal. Twelve years and counting, folks, and let me tell you, the towels that this things totes around are heavy.
I also got these fun clips at Target around the same time that I got the towels. We have used them to clip wet towels on the boat rails ever since. You can't find them anymore, so I'm glad that they are holding up.
This soft-sided cooler is slightly newer than everything else; I think I purchased it about six years ago. It holds a ton, collapses for easy storage, and has several pockets and compartments for sunscreen, utensils, and other items. It's pretty dang cute, too.
I know that these are just things-the boat included-but, it's amazing how much comfort I find in the normality that they represent. Our world has gone topsy-turvy and traditions, heirlooms, family customs, and faith are what we need to hold on to. At least, that's how I feel.
And I'm not above wrapping myself in one of those towels and allowing it to comfort me.