Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Lonely Sailboat

As we sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, Don walked around the deck getting his exercise. On one of his laps, he told me that he noticed a small sailboat in the ocean. Luckily he was able to get a picture of it.

This brought all sorts of questions to my mind like:

  • What was it doing all alone in the ocean?
  • How many people were on the boat?
  • What if they have problems? How do they get help?
  • Where did they start from?
  • Where were they going?

This would be a great writing prompt for students. Students practicing conversation skills could discuss the possibilities.

I also wondered if that is how some students feel in school. Are they the lonely sailboat among huge ships that pass them by? Do they wish someone would stop and ask them how they are doing or do they prefer the solitude? Where are these students coming from? Do they have a support system in case they run into trouble?

Original photo by Don Hensley

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