The waves lapped gently against the hull of our 35-foot sailboat, Windfall. My husband, Jim, lowered the mainsail. I took the helm and guided our floating home into the blue smile of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez as our teenage son dropped anchor.
I’m sitting on a balcony of the home where my husband, daughter, and I are housesitting in Fiji. The ocean waves crest over the reef in front of me. White frangipani blooms and red hibiscus pop out of the green vegetation, and a gentle floral scent mingles with the saltwater air.