Good afternoon world and a special dedication to my dad who has been gone from us for the past 4 years. For you took a trip as you announced to the hospice nurse that you were packing your bags to get ready to go on a trip.
As I was listening to a conversation between a child and his mom, I overheard the word, "Octopus" and many good impressions come from dwelling and meditating on the word.
First, octopusses have to be rather flexible as they glide through the waters.
Next, they have firm footing as they stay glued to the underbelly of a rock.
These octopusses have been known to be floaters who glide along the water.
They have that special ability to get out of a sticky situation by squirting their ink in defense to the sea above.
Our family has met one of these "octopuses" in Maine in our fishing encounters.
When my dad and I went fishing on our 16 foot motorboat, we caught a sea squid that had its 8 tentacles and then we released it back into the water. I caught one or two of these and they were rather memorable but as a younger boy, I relied on my dad to take out the hook and release the critter back into the water. Something that takes delicate and calm hands to safely maneuver the hooks out and not be sprayed.
And reflecting on those delicate and calm hands, my dad expertly released several racoons and even a skunk with the have a heart traps that Audobon provided us when we had our struggles with our woodchuck family which we shared our garden with. It seemed to be the Woodchucks who got to our goodies before we ever got to.
And my dad's hands were able to expertly guide companies as they went through their mergers and acquisitions. Being able to calculate on the balance sheet their net worth and determine the tax consequences of a purchase related to accounting law.
Lessons that I am currently in the process of learning as I move along in life guided by the Hand of the Lord of what I am to do with my life.
That need to be flexible.
That need to have fun.
And the need to know when to let that ink fly in the sky above me.
So I thank you, Dad, for knowing how to do all the things that you did for me such as teaching me to drive a motorboat, to playing gin, being able to have fun with a calculator in Mr. Fuller's office, and how to be a man. And to stay on course through life and as you told me last before you went home to "stay the course and keep on trucking."
Very valuable words in our society today!
Kiva to a great man!!