Now we have a day to talk like a pirate - What a country!
"Aaarrrg! Ask me what my favorite animal is?" my lead - who wore patch over his eye, a black three cornered hat, and an earring - asked at work a few years ago.
"Parrots?" I said naively - for what is a pirate without his parrot?
"Aaarmadillos," my lead answered with a grin. "And my favorite vegetable?"
We all stared at him like the stress at work had finally gotten to him and he was bonkers.
"Aaartichokes!" He smiled, exposing a some blacked out teeth.
And he continued asking us questions - all with answers that contained an "aaarrr."
No, he was not celebrating Halloween early. It was the annual - "Talk Like a Pirate Day."
And like all thing that happen annually, they happen every year. (Now, I'm talking like an idiot) :) And September 19, 2009 is the day.
Today, we see pirates through the lens of Walt Disney. They are fun and cute and lovable. Anything could be further from the truth. To sailors and their passengers, pirates were (and still are) a real and present danger for those traveling on the sea.
For all those weathering the storms of life and facing danger on our journey, there is a psalm of comfort for us:
From Psalm 107 (King James Version)
23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
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Ye Olde Drunken Pirate: everystockphoto.com/photo.php?imageId=2733948
The Original Talk Like a Pirate Day Site: www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html