Prepare to Be Boarded

Recently my daughter Bea declared her major at Stanford: Privateering.

Her friends Ben and Michael signed on as awkward incompetent first mate and shoulder parrot.  So my sister Constance and I decided to try our luck as chief cook and bottle washer, and cabin boy.

Bea was flying home for spring break. We went to meet her at Sea-Tac airport.  We picked up a cart, to carry our booty.

Not only did Bea immediately don the captain’s hat and coat we brought along, just in case Cap’n Bea was traveling incognito….


…but from out of her pack she pulled out her very cool pirate goggles to top off the outfit.


The next best thing to a contract signed in blood, we press-ganged an innocent bystander to photo-document the deal.


I have proven once again that it is impossible to embarrass Beatrice.

But we can just keep trying.

Unless otherwise stated, all images and words cNaomi Baltuck.

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  1. Wow I want to join your family! I do embarrass easily though, but still like to have fun. I just always have red cheeks. It helps keep me warm. Keep on having fun!

    1. My Mom had a trick she used on us. She used to say, “It’s okay. You’ll never see these people again!” If you lived around here, we could break you in a little at a time!

    1. Hi Elisa,
      You’re right, going with the flow is an important life skill. Once we picked up Eli from soccer practice on our way home from the Value Village Halloween Costume sale. We just opened the back of the car in the school parking lot and dressed him from our newest additions to the costume collection. He looked very fetching in a shiny red, white, and blue Elvis jacket and matching sunglasses, with a high stiff vampire collar just for style. Thanks so much for dropping by, and taking the time to comment.

      1. Thanks, Naomi. Warm wishes are always welcome! We had flurries Thursday, hopefully for the last time for awhile. I thought as far north as you are you would get more snow. That’s interesting.

    1. Hi Mary!
      So nice to hear from you! On Monday we have tickets to The Women in Silent Films series down at the Paramount Theater. We’re thinking maybe flappers…I don’t know if I can talk Thom into a straw boater, but he might wear a flap cap.

  2. I just love your eccentricity. It’s great if offspring are not phased by their parents’ antics. My daughter (aged 31) is always saying to me, “Mummy, you’re so random”. This is usually in response to some comment I’ve left on facebook 🙂

    1. Dear Nia,
      Thank you for your visit. I hope you ha a great weekend. The comment section was closed, but this morning I visited and loved your post on Istanbul and the Bosphorus!

      1. Actually it wasn’t closed at least by myself but I live such a technical problems in these days… You are welcome and Thank you, have a nice day, love, nia

  3. My oldest did a senior voice recital featuring “Unsavory Characters”…we all dressed up like Pirates, of course. Like we do on Pirate Christmas… yaaarrrhh!

    1. Oh, my gosh, Scilla, I hope you got some photos! It really seems like you raised your own interesting and intelligent crew that is not afraid to get silly and have fun. Here is my wish list for my kids: To be happy and healthy is at the top. After that I would wish them to be best friends and glad to take care of each other. Then I would wish for them the ability to just let themselves go and have fun. So far so good!

    1. She is very good at going with the flow, and definitely the most social one in the family. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m loving following your Cambodian adventures right now.

  4. We love pirates, I have my own pirate pups here! Harharhar!

    I had fun reading this. Enjoy your weekend!


      1. Ay, we arrr, we arrr….might walk the plank tomorrow if the weather doesn’t change 😉

      2. awwww….we’ll send you pics of our warm blue skies and deep blue “sea” if we get to walk the plank tomorrah me matey!

      3. I’ll be pinin’ for a peek at blue skies, and the half pints taking the plunge into calm waters. Smooth sailin’ to you and the your crew!

    1. Dear Carol,
      Every time you go out with a camera and the girls and share it with us, that’s a kind of spontaneous adventure. I love your voice–it feels spontaneous and natural. Thank you for sharing it with us, and for stopping by today.

    1. Hi Shimon,
      My son Elijah made hamentaschen this year, but we didn’t dress up, so maybe we can consider this catch-up. You’ve been on my mind–I was sorry to read about about your friend, and sent quiet good thoughts in your direction.

  5. How much fun are you having! My daughter is coming back from 2 weeks in Taiwan tomorrow and she doesn’t even need or want us to pick her up 😦 . How is your son doing in S. America?

  6. I am happy for you–having your daughter home for two weeks! Thank you for asking about Eli. He is doing very well. I’m so impressed with the way he is extending himself and thereby enhancing his life experience down there. His professor introduced him to two Norwegian medical students who were there to observe the hospital in Salta, but they didn’t speak Spanish, and none of the medical staff spoke English. Eli teaches at night, so he volunteered to help out during the day as translator. As a result, he ended up in the birthing room watching four babies brought into the world! He also got invited to the barbecue hosted by the head doctor, so he is widening his circle while doing good deeds. For Holy Week, he is going to Chile to meet up with other Fulbright scholars, and a nineteen hour bus ride will be a fun way to turn acquaintances into friends.

    So good to hear from you, Carol. I hope you have a wonderful time with your daughter.

  7. That’s too cute! Your family is super fun! Of course they would be with a mom like you!!! I simply love that you all dressed up. I always wanted to be a pirate. Now I have pirate envy. ;D

    1. Hi Debra,
      I love that–Pirate Envy! I am sure you are that kind of mom too, only with gods and superheroes (and I bet you look way better in tights). Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for your visit! We do have a lot of fun, and there is safety in numbers. Once I was brave enough to do this by myself, when I picked up my brother at Sea-Tac, after being separated at Christmas for the first time. But that case was pretty cut and dry; who wouldn’t have gone in a Santa suit?

  8. Oh my………you are such a fun and crazy family, Naomi. Love your pirate outfits and Bea’s goggles are awesome. 😀 i never know what to expect when I see a new post from you. 🙂

    1. Thank you. Aren’t those goggles great? And Bea has just what it takes to pull it off! Thanks so much for your sweet and constant encouragement! The longer I know you, the more I recognize the depth of kindness within your heart.

    1. When my kids were little and we would be in the middle of some goofy endeavor, I would pause and ask, “Who has more fun than we?” Now that they are all grown up, and we find ourselves in the middle of, well, something, I ask myself the same question.

      Thank you so much for stopping by. It is always such a pleasure to hear from you.

  9. LOL. Love the spirit and whimsy of your photos. Bea is a great great daughter. I love how she sprung right into action with your theme. 😉

    1. Hi Kourtney,
      That Bea girl is light on her feet, that’s for sure. When I dropped her at the airport a few days ago, it was buzzing with crowds of people at the security point. I watched her make her way through the long line, and then as she waited on the far side for her bag, shoes and laptop to get X-rayed. I was just thinking how serious and grownup she seemed, when she looked up and our eyes met across the crowded hall. She instantly launched into this goofy leprachaun-like dance, turning a little circle, with pointer fingers up in the air. And I thought, “That’s my girl!”

  10. You are blessed to have a daughter who has a great sense of humor, an adventurous spirit, who has a strong bond and love for her friends and family. Long before the rest of the Spring Break began, a fun event is already brewing at the airport, thanks to you and the group.

    1. Dear friend,
      Not a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars for such a fun-loving, good-hearted family, just as I know you do with your loving and adventurous family.

    1. Hi Janice,
      Thanks for the visit, and for sharing your response. There was a lot of silly laughter. I have to admit, I was afraid we’d crossed the line this time, but Bea not only put up with it, she even seemed to enjoy it. I guess this little apple did fall far from the tree.

  11. Amazing.

    When I see your photos I often wonder if your fancy dress wardrobe is larger than my own normal clothes wardrobe. I expect it is. 🙂

    I think it’s wonderful how much courage and self belief Eli and Bea obviously have. Maybe next time I go collect my parents from the airport I need to be thinking more creatively. They have never quite embraced crazy in the manner you do. They echo all that British reservedness we’re supposed to have over here. :p

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