The Scuttlefish

Love the Ocean. Wish you were here.

Month: June, 2012

Greetings from Coral Bay, St. John, USVI

No, I haven’t slipped off the face of the earth. But I’ve sure as hell been trying. Coral Bay, St. John, USVI, as seen from the balcony of my new digs.

Okay, so I haven’t struck it rich either (I’m housesitting), but after a few months in Mexico, the northeast spit me right back down to the Caribbean, where I belong.

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HMS Friday – Ocean Born Mary

3 weeks ago, my wife gave birth to our first son. The labor was 26 hours, the pushing looked excrutiating, and when he finally arrived, I based my expectations in Hollywood, and anticipated a baby that was crying loudly. Instead, he was as mellow as they get, hardly uttering a squeak. It took almost 3 days for him to actually cry. He has learned how to cry, but he is still pretty low-key, only crying when he has really come to his wit’s ends.

And yet, we now understand why so many parents dread the sound of a newborn crying.

On July 28, 1720, a brand new infant cried aboard the Wolf, a smell vessel that was off the coast of New England. While everyone initially experienced the similar dread that we all feel when we hear a crying baby, the dread was quickly replaced with joy. Because this crying baby saved the life of all the passengers on the ship.

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