Loved this story ansi!
You painted a wonderful and vivid picture of the young Cartwrights - Joe especially - just as I envisage them! Love the banter and interactions between such a loving family! Your descriptions and mannerisms brought them all to life!
The intertwining of Ben's past and his story telling of his cabin boy days, with interruptions from a young Joe sitting on his lap, questioning some of the words being used, was full of joy, as well as intrigue. I must admit, I was as curious as Ben's sons were to find out about the start of his sea-faring adventures!
Thank you for a very enjoyable read.