Part 1.12

It was Mother calling. I sensed urgency in her voice and dropped the wooden figurine I’d been whittling at for the past hour.  I ran back to the house.
She stood distraught in the kitchen, tears flowing.
“What's the matter, Mother?”
“It’s your father. There's been an accident on one of the boats. A freak wave washed him overboard.”
“Is he okay?”
She broke down sobbing, and thus my little world collapsed for the first time.  I put my arms around my mother and we stood weeping together. George looked on with big, sad, soulful eyes, sensing in his animal psyche our great loss.

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