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CHRISTMAS CARGO

What could be more cool than getting a new washing machine for Christmas! I heard the motor of a panga and ran down to the beach to find this:

The panga had already sped off after depositing this box on the shore. For the first time, I truly understand the psychology behing Cargo cults. Basically, one believes that if they wait long enough, the things they want will arrive on their island from a far off magical place which is capable of making complicated goods and supplies.

For nearly a week, we have been wishing for a new washing machine and then, suddenly – it appeared on the beach as if by magic! The feeling I got when I saw it sitting there was a lot like the feeling I had as a young child on Christmas morning.

By Camille Armantrout

Camille Armantrout lives among friends with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.

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