Our Atlantic crossing, with inconsistent winds, ugly squalls, and several calms, wasn't entirely the milk run that we'd expected. Yet neither child showed any signs of loneliness or boredom, even as the passage stretched past the third week. Nicky colored pictures of container ships, studied his dolphin field guide, and built endless Lego creations. Beth spent much of her time on deck, but she was also occupied by her schooling. This was undertaken in an ad hoc way, depending on the weather and how busy things were on Sea Bright. Little surprises from the discount shop back in Lanzarote also helped liven up the days for both kids: stickers, markers, glitter glue, and so on. (Attention, parents! Proper glue can be a messy mistake!) It's surprising how the days are filled when you have nowhere to go but the confines of a small boat. With fishing, baking, coloring, and other activities, children and parents alike would go to bed feeling tired; the difference was that the children slept soundly through the night and were raring to go early in the morning, while parents began their days feeling slightly jaded after a night of watches and squalls.