Captain’s Log, USS Coronavirus: Day 4


Each day, I dress proudly in my Captain’s uniform. Today, the most senior crew member asked, “Why do you wear the same clothes every day?” Can you imagine asking a senior officer such a question about her uniform? Shocking lack of respect. I put her on cleanup duty.

The middle ranking crew member has a voice modulation problem. There’s nowhere aboard ship you can’t hear her. This is a problem and I am exploring possible solutions. I’ve not ruled out jumping overboard as of yet.

While we spent yesterday on land with the sun on our faces, today we were at sea. And the sea was angry. We spent our day below deck. The rain and wind ravaged our boat and the rookie of the crew even soiled her pants. Thrice. The biggest cruelty was that I was the one that had to help her — no First Mate in sight. Must work on that revenge plan… for both the First Mate and the tiny crew member.

I poured myself into work today while my crew neglected all their duties. Their great devotion seems to be not to the work of this ship but to diversion. As if their occupation here is “to play”. Getting them to complete a task requires a Machiavellian approach. Yet, they do not fear me as they’ve seen me clean soiled pants. How do I come back from that and take back my authority?

Much of my leadership strategy remains a mystery to even me. But I know that I must hold strong and develop one soon or else they will mutiny. I can see it in their eyes.

Tomorrow is a new day.

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Allison’s mission in life is to notice the extraordinary in the ordinary. Her commitment to see beyond what’s in front of her was fostered by her degree in Philosophy and Theology from Boston College. Allison’s a book nerd and credits her parents and inspiring English teachers for her love of reading and writing. She went on to earn her Master in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and then taught high school for several years, both in New England and San Francisco. After moving from San Francisco to Boston with her engineer husband, she began teaching yoga and working as a social media marketing consultant. Now a Portsmouth resident, she spends most of her days with her three daughters (she does not have enough arms) and does her best to find the bliss amidst the endless snacking, dance parties and tiaras. With all the beautiful chaos in her life, she’s grateful to have her partner-in-crime (husband Charlie) and fellow movie quote enthusiast alongside her. Her passion for writing first drew her to Seacoast Moms as a contributing writer, and her desire to connect moms of the Seacoast with businesses who serve and interest them led her to become SM’s owner. Being able to write about the ordinary grace present in motherhood, while interacting with incredible Seacoast business owners is a dream come true.