Posted by: Naomi Baltuck | September 19, 2014

Prepare to Be Boarded

Arrrhh! All hands on deck for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Writing Between the Lines

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.

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  1. You’ve probably seen the picture of my eldest at her college Senior Voice recital, themed “Unsavory Characters”…of course her entire family takes the stage with her dressed as pirates! But what, exactly, is Privateering?

    • Hi Scilla,
      What a very funny theme, and I love that your whole family joined in. Bea says they are classy pirates, but actually privateers are people or ships that are authorized by a government to attack foreign ships during time of war.

  2. Fun, as usual! You all were made for each other. Thanks for the smiles.

    • Thanks, Patti. I think we are remarkably compatible! Good luck at your writers’ conference.

      • Thanks, Naomi.

  3. It’s so funny! YOU actually went to the airport. I thought pirates are on ships only.

    • Hi Dorota,
      How are you? It’s so good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by and making me smile. I thought of you and the kids today when we went to Display and Costume to cruise the Halloween aisles. It’s coming right up. Please give everyone a hug for me.

  4. what fun arrhhh!!

    • Ahoy there, matey! I be uncommon glad you came t’ visit, and took t’ time t’ have a say!

  5. Loved!!! :-)claudine

    • Hi Claudine,
      Thanks so much for stopping by–so good to hear from you!

  6. Fantastic Naomi! You have a great family and an excellent sense of humor… 🙂

  7. MOL…so COOL 😀 Pawkisses 🙂

  8. So freaking cool. 🙂

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