You gotta love Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. She had style, wit and an incomparable ability to remain graceful regardless of the situations
she found herself in. Issues like political opinion and religion aside, that's something I think we can all aspire too. Well, I'm pleased to say that we here at Triple P have found another reason to really, really adore America's favorite First Lady: she loved her the pirates! That's right, my Brethren. When little Jackie was just a girl she hung a Jolly Roger in her bedroom and declared her allegiance to the pirate's life. How cool is that? Wait. It gets better!
In a 1965 article for "The New Yorker", George Plimpton recalled assisting Mrs. Kennedy in putting together a children's party at Newport, Rhode Island. The party had a full blown pirate theme and he muses over the "glee" with which she paid attention to the details. Mr. Plimpton shows his share of glee as he recounts such spectacular goings on as a treasure hunt complete with digging in the sand for a chest of booty. While the kids searched, a boat full of buccaneers (the First Lady's friends in pirate gear and sailing in a borrowed Coast Guard pinnace) showed up to claim the treasure. A happy melee followed and the pirates were beaten off by the youngsters. The First Lady even managed to talk one of the First Family's Secret Service escorts into "walking the plank" into the Bay, to the delight of all assembled.
What I take away from this little story is a bit of humor and a lot of inspiration. Even in the face of an often thankless and certainly grueling job like that of partner to the Leader of the Free World, Mrs. Kennedy found time to be a pirate and bring her friends along for the ride. Sure, we can't all borrow a pinnace from the Coast Guard, but we can growl a heartfelt "Arr!" now and then... Even if it does embarrass the little buccaneers.