Florence:- The Sailor’s Friend

Florence Martus was a young woman who lived in Savannah, Georgia, where there’s now a bronze statue of her on the riverfront.

What did she do to deserve this honour? She waved at strangers.

Florence’s brother was the quarantine officer on an island in the Savannah river. Ships entering the estuary would signal information about the health of their crew before docking.

Florence lived with her brother and took up the habit of waving to every ship that sailed past.

She waved a handkerchief in the daytime and held a lamp at night. Sailors from all over the world came to expect and look forward to a friendly welcome as they passed by.

How many lives could we brighten today, how many lonely folk could we reach out to, with a wave and a friendly, “How are you?”

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With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

 

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