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A Seven-year-old look at life on a boat
The Wall family, Andy, Pam, Samantha (11) and James (7), circumnavigated the world aboard their yacht "Kandarik." The children were home schooled and kept journals of their adventures. These are some of the entry's in James' journal.

By James Wall
Posted Monday, May 9, 2005

I live on a boat and on our mast we have a piece of tape that we measure how much we grow. My sister grows just like me. We are growing fast.

My name is James Wall.

I am very blond and tall.

In May of 1980 I was born

And some day I wish to sail around Cape Horn.

A boat is my home,

because my family likes to roam.

I write with my left hand,

I hope you understand.

When I was born I weighed 6 pounds 14 oz. And I had little bits of straight blond hair. I started to walk when I was 10 months and I was swimming one month later. I never wore clothes, only diapers. It is hot where I live.

I can talk with my voice and I?m learning to whistle. I can jump with my legs, and I?m learning to climb a tree. I can stand on my toes, and I am learning to wiggle my toes. I can swim with my arms and hands and I?m learning to make knots. I can sail a boat and I?m learning to surf.

I take Samantha, my sister, on my back and I pretend that I?m her horse. I use my arms to hold her on. And I run with my legs.

I live on a boat and on our mast we have a piece of tape that we measure how much we grow. My sister grows just like me. We are growing fast.

The things that help me grow are food, water, sun shine, air. I like rain because it fills our tanks and that is good because we don?t have to fill up water jugs. The sun helps us to live. I like the sun because it is warm and nice. I like the sea because we can sail on it. And we catch fish in the sea.

 
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