The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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It was always one of Judy's dreams to cruise around Alaska. She would finally get her opportunity in the summer of 2011, voyaging with her close friend and sister, Joann. The sights she would see on this adventure would make the trip well worth the wait and would create memories that would last a lifetime.

“I told you before I left, you’re on your own this week. There’s plenty of things to make around the house, so figure it out.” Judy closed her ancient-like flip phone, as she rolled her eyes. Her husband couldn’t do anything on his own, especially cooking. The first time she goes on a trip without him and his whole world seems to fall apart. Judy’s sister, Joann, walked next to her, their rain jackets up over their wrinkled heads as they boarded the cruise ship in Seattle, Washington. About 2,700 miles away from home in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Judy was ready to experience her first Alaskan cruise.

Three days later would be marked as one of the more unbelievable days of Judy’s life. She awoke to the complimentary breakfast provided by the cruise. As she ate on the deck of the ship, she stood up and looked out over the railing. Her eyes met her own, from the reflection of the blue water, as her heart dropped, and eyes widened from the pure beauty of the Alaskan landscape. The sun glistened off the watch on her right wrist, bringing her attention to the tiny hands on the clock. They seemed to move twice as quick as they normally do. She was away from her dreadful childhood, her difficult job and the civilization that, to her, had become so bland. As she was just about to sit back down, her eyes caught a massive whale springing out of the water about fifty feet from the ship. The whale was as massive as Judy’s house back home. As it jumped out of the water, she could see the bright sun gleaming off its shiny surface. As she fumbled for her camera, suddenly, she became relaxed and found herself just watching instead—enjoying the very moment that was the sheer elegance of nature. Judy had become so overwhelmed emotionally by this scene, that she found herself wiping away tears, and shaking off the butterflies that had overcome her.

Shortly after watching the whales, Judy went across to the west side of the ship, finding herself unable to take her eyes off the breathtaking glaciers on the horizon. Finally, she saw her sister pointing in the distance, looking like a little kid at Christmas time. Judy was always very close to her sister, more of a friend than anyone she had. They were eight years apart in age, but still closer than ever. “Judy! You’re not going to believe this. Look at the penguins!” Judy set her eyes over to the distance and she saw a pool of penguins waddling around on a sheet of snow. Looking to the right, she noticed a polar bear climbing out of the water and onto a different piece of land. As she watched, it almost seemed as though she was watching the “Earth” series on BBC as everything began to slow down and play out in slow motion. It was a sight she would never forget.

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It was always one of Judy's dreams to cruise around Alaska. She would finally get her opportunity in the summer of 2011, voyaging with her close friend and sister, Joann. The sights she would see on this adventure would make the trip well worth the wait and would create memories that would last a lifetime.

Decade: 2010s
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Recorded by William Petty on April 27, 2018
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