Sleeping on the Dunbrody
But I hear protests of “but these were vacations or honeymoons or anniversary cruises!”, not emigrations. Yes it was a miserable outcome for a promised happy occasion, but I still feel that we, today, are “un”becoming what our ancestors were: accepting of the lot that came their way, deserving of it or not, and making the best of it. And by that I do not mean using the opportunity to sue over an accident! Fires happen. Hurricanes happen. Earthquakes and tsunamis happen. And if you will excuse the reference, as in this case, sh@# also happens.
In no way am I excusing the cruise line if it turns out the whole incident was preventable. And kudos to those folks on board who made the best of a bad situation. But, for the rest, if it were truly an accident of fate, then thank whomever you believe in that you had the opportunity to experience a little of what your ancestors may have endured without the threat of death hanging over your head, and rejoice in the relationships and the goodness you found in your fellow passengers which you may never have experienced with a normal vacation.
Your opinions please.
Read more of the author’s visit to Ireland in the post “ Don’t Think – Just Jump“, Photos of the Dunbrody courtesy of the author; others