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When I was in the Navy, I drank like a sailor. When I got out of the Navy, I drank like a sailor. You could say I went overboard. Swam with sharks and chased mermaids. Spent all my clams in the octopus’s garden. The deeps and the darks suited me fine. Closing time came; I looked around. I was all alone in Davy Jones’s lockup. Looked for a way out, but there was no ship in the bottle. Just more bottles, and every one an ocean. Took a long time before I settled on the bottom. But look! A boat on the horizon. A life raft with my wife and daughter in it. “You’re here,” they cheered. “Take us ashore!” “I’m just a drunken sailor,” I said. My wife reeled me in. “No, you’re the captain.” I looked to the stars and plotted our course for home.
The Judges said: Jim Ruland’s story sails along on clever metaphors, but on a deeper level, it’s a moving look at one man’s desolation and the renewal he found in his family’s faith and love. It’s a tale you’ll want to read twice — and share.
Source Credits: Reader’s Digest