The Captain Diaries: April 10, 2011

I saw it for the first time today. It made it official. It made it true. It made it real. I am talking about a letter from GLMA that addressed me as, “Cadet Mongefranco.”  “Cadet?” I thought. “Wow, that has a nice ring to it!” I felt liberated and invigorated. My life was finally catching up with my future, but this time in real life, not just in my dreams.  Suddenly, I could picture myself in a uniform, sailing through the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway into the oceans, and into my future. I was transported into this surreal place where the heavens met the Earth, and the sounds of the clashing waves were all that prevailed in the vast, lively fluid surrounding my ship. It was there that I realized how my life was meant to be lived, as a mariner, in the freedom of the Seven Seas.

“Cadet Mongefranco.” Yes, that did have a nice ring to it. It meant I would be in a service uniform, soon learning to navigate through storms, and narrow channels, and icebergs, and whatever God and men threw my way.  It meant I would soon be learning to lead responsibly, to navigate safely, and to be the man I always wanted to be. It meant that I would soon be able to sail to far-away places, or have adventures around the globe, or aid NOAA’s research or carry out the Coast Guard’s mission to protect my country. “Cadet,” I thought, “now, that’s definitely what I want to be.”

About Gabriel Mongefranco

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