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Story by Tor Pinney                                                                                                                                        Back to List of Tor's Tales

                  

 

Pot o' Gold
2014 Tor Pinney - All Rights Reserved
 

A heavenly birthday present
 

 

Dawn on the morning of my 40th birthday, single-handing 300 miles offshore; I'd just wrapped up an ambitious, 5-year work stint that earned me the sailboat of my dreams and a kitty to take her cruising. Now Sparrow and I were beginning a 6-year voyage that would eventually carry us 30,000 nautical miles and halfway around the world. I stepped into the cockpit, inhaled a deep draught of pure ocean air, and thought "This is what they mean by 'life begins at 40!'"

Just then I lifted my eyes and there, arced across our course line not a mile ahead, was a magnificent rainbow, dense and rich, splashing every nuance of the spectrum across the mottled sky. It hung there, neither moving nor dissipating as we drew closer. To port where one end plunged into the sea (the other was lost in mist), I was astonished to see the water, churned and frothed by wind and waves, glowing and pulsing a great, radiant corona of pure gold. One hundred thousand miles I had sailed by then and had never seen anything like it. Gold! I'd always assumed it was a metaphor, but now I understood. Sailors of old had seen the same thing, and from their literal description came the fanciful promise: There's a pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow.

That rainbow held even as we sailed beneath it, arching right over the masthead, a heavenly gateway to whatever lay ahead. "Happy birthday, skipper," it seemed to say. "Here's to your new life, your true pot of gold."

 

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