There are words which need no explanation. Upon hearing these words, the meaning is very clear. The term “bought the farm” means a person died. A near death experience would be “nearly bought the farm.” The Big Guy said some words yesterday, rarely used in daily conversation, unless you are a pirate. I have not heard these words often, other than the pirate movies, the words are ” Davy Jones’ locker.” I have a little tale to tell.
The Big Guy had a “fly job” on Saturday afternoon. He rarely goes on the overnight jobs. The son goes for the experience and he is younger. The son was away surfing this weekend. Dad said, “Go, have fun.” I’m thinking a day to myself. It’s all good.
So, I picked up the Big Guy on Sunday at 5:00pm. At 5:10, I heard the phrase “Davy Jones’ Locker.” This was our conversation ~
He said, “Well, I nearly saw Davy Jones’ Locker yesterday.”
“What,” I said, looking at him in shock. “You what, you saw what.”
“I saw his locker at the bottom of the ocean. It was a close one,” he said, trying to make light of the story.
“What happened!” I said, desperately thinking about legends and death at sea.
“Well, we were in the boat, on the other side of the barge. The crane operator couldn’t see us, one hook came down on the boat,” he said, very calmly. “I saw Davy’s locker.”
“So, was there anything in it.” I asked, knowing he was trying to make a joke about the whole thing.
“Yes, a mermaid, she was beckoning me to come to her, waving to me,” he said with a big smile.
“Was she beautiful?” I asked, making a joke about it too.
“Yes, she had long wavy hair and her lips were blue, she looked warm, and inviting me to come to her.”
“Right, her lips were blue and she was warm,” I said, not convinced the colour blue and warm go together.
“Yeah, I just wagged my finger at her,” he said, “I told her, not today.”
“You are damn right, not today,” I said, “no wonder I’m praying for guardian angels to protect you.”
On the way home from the airport, we discussed safety issues and what was to be said and done about it.
Today, I am feeling a little upset and hugging the Big Guy, a lot. We still have a lot of living to do. Damn right!!
On this our Thanksgiving Day, of which, we did not eat our thanksgiving dinner, we will next Sunday, I am thankful for life and more of it.
I am thankful for our home, food, and clothing. I am thankful for our jobs. I am thankful we are all healthy. I am thankful mom is safe and looked after. I am thankful my family is safe and warm. I am thankful my sons have good marriages. I am thankful they are happy. I am thankful for friends. I am thankful for angels watching over us. I am thankful there was no death by accident on the ocean, on Saturday afternoon. Thank you, God.
Stay warm, safe, and loved on this our Thanksgiving Day.