Today nearly got away from me without my recognition of a very special birthday. I’ll give you a hint: He was born 342 years ago today (Julian Calendar!). John Howland was a Mayflower passenger who nearly didn’t make it! There’s a well-documented, elaborate story detailing the events. Suffice it to say that he had had enough of the “unpleasant” atmosphere below deck toward the end of a grueling journey. John went to get a breath of fresh air and…oops! He fell overboard. Thankfully, the crew spotted him and were able to fish him out of the churning sea and back on board.
Yes, thankfully! If they had lost him, you wouldn’t be reading this post!