Any Port in a Storm


Any port in a storm, is what my Aunt used to say. I didn’t understand. She wasn’t a sailor. My Grandfather, who was a sailor, used to sing songs. One of them was about the captain’s daughter–oh that’s right.

What do you do with the captains daughter…

what do you do with the captain’s daughter…

what do you do with the captain’s daughter…

early in the morning.

Well, on the boat, my grandfather was the captain; his daughter, my mother. So, mostly in the mornings I’d just ask about breakfast.

I haven’t seen a sail boat in over a decade, my grandfather in two. My aunt still says any port in a storm even though I’m sure it’s been much longer since she’s been sailing.

When my Grandfather wasn’t singing about my mother he’d give advice. He’d say that sun-tan lotion is bad, doctors are crooks and death is just someone you haven’t seen in a while.

The internet killed him.

The internet killed a lot of things, like songs about sailors; captains, daughters and otherwise. I looked for my grandfather’s song the other day. I found it. It was a woman in a tight wenches outfit, she sang while thick-necked sailors beat-boxed dubstep.

I listened. It was like finding the nose of someone you love on a stranger’s face. I listened right through, wondering the whole time what “any port in a storm” means.

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29 replies to “Any Port in a Storm

      1. hahaha…no I just thought about this adage, without any thought of interpretation…and it was right, I gooled: “In the storm, every harbor does.”
        And as we are talking about ports, there are a few nice ones for the naval family:
        “Everything great stands in a storm.” Plato
        “I love the storm and fear the silence.” – Christine of Sweden
        ” A weak flame is extinguished by a storm, but when it has spread around, the fire fights it harder.” – Sophie Mereau.

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  1. Wish I could say my grandfather was a sailor, but he’d have a hard time finding a port in a landlocked country. Alas.
    I liked this one a lot. It was probably the sea.

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  2. hahaha, flash, this is again a very big challenge. I suggest the story is about, the sailors daughter, respectively the drunken sailor…they might be the same person, as they were only changed by internet. O.k the “drunken sailors daughter” should better arrive in a port before the storm begins? The nose-thing at the end is surely a adage, which I never will bet…unless it is german. In german I have one in mind, which would perfectly fit into this gamy scene….; )

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      1. no not directly, but you wrote “like” finding the nose of someone you love on a stranger’s face…and why the nose???? In german you say: I can´t smell him / her! if you do not like somebody…but this does not exist in english…I think

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  3. whatever this means…hahahaha….but if you worry, don´t worry, my sense organs getting worse…it´s the age, but maybe there is a compensation somewhere else!


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