Monday, November 26, 2012


He has a seemingly primordial need to return to the ocean, how he runs for it as fast as he can. Into the waves, lakes, fountains, puddles. He doesn't even laugh as he's doing it either; it's business, this push to go back. I would be lying if I didn't say Bryan isn't happy about this, visions of surf trips and days spent sailing no doubt running through his mind as he sprints to make sure Ozzy doesn't drown.
He is my little sea monkey, coming to life when wet, my dried up brine shrimp unfurling in salt water only to become like the cartoon version big-eyed silly thing in the back of comic books, a real life fun pet I grow myself. (The subtext reads: "So eager to please! They can even be trained!" This, not the only part of the ad that misleads.)
At the end of each bath I let the water drain and still he refuses to get out, lays on his tummy as the water recedes and there is nothing. Just him making out with the shiny wet bottom of the tub. Fiths! Fiths! My little boy who thinks he's a fish.
I end with this: Saturday afternoon, time to leave the beach. My sea monkey fish boy pissed off and sandy, flailing, gasping for more.

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came…” – John F. Kennedy

“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

"Fiths!" –Ozzy Alston

p.s. Apologies but I had to switch Word Verification back on as I was sick of deleting 100+ spam comments each day. This--this is why we can't have nice things.


Anonymous said...

I loved this! My little boy, Milo, is also a lover of all things water! My husband is a surfer and I think that gene somehow supersedes all others! He was crawling on all the boards in the house long before he could walk practicing toes to the nose ;) we live near the coast and I truly believe something about the rhythm of the waves and the tides is essential to our being. Cheers to water babies!

Kelly said...

Is Ozzy a Pisces? Not that I'm so into the astrology thing, but my daughter is, and has also been a total fith since Day 1.

Petunia Face said...

Ozzy is actually a Gemini (May 30). Maybe a Pisces rising or something?

Black Dog Salvage said...

sweet ozzy!!! made me laugh :) my little fish does the same at the end of a bath...blows bubbles in .5" of water... can't get enough!