I’ll admit, I’ve been called worse.
Ever since I was a little girl, my mom has always said, “you must be an alien.”
The reasons for this include the fact that my brother and I are Irish twins. Irish twins are siblings born with less than a year between each other. Mom cannot explain how this happened. Although I’m sure, we all know how this happened. About a month and a half after my brother was born, my mom went in to have her tonsils removed.
They ran all the standard pre-op tests, and the doctor came in to inform mom that they couldn’t do the surgery that day. My mom was shocked by this revelation; she had no idea that the next words out of the doctor’s mouth would be, “Linda, you are pregnant.”
Trust me when I write that she was less than thrilled about a surgery canceling oops baby that came out of nowhere. Hence the “you must be an alien.”
The second reason, behind moms theory, is that I was just bizarre. Currently, at 37, I consider that a compliment of the highest sort. You would too if you knew all of the relatives on the breaking branches on our tiny tree.
Now onto the Cephalopods
On March 24th, 2019 the Star Tribune ran an article titled: A slippery goal: Turning octopus into a lab animal(click the title if you’d like to check out this fascinating article) written by Ben Guarino and was initially published in the Washington Post.
The very first sentence in this article is, “The cuttlefish was refusing to cooperate.” And, also commented that cephalopods are “Fantastically bizarre.” And just like that, mom knew that I must be related!
I find this both hilarious and fascinating. I also know that in the future all of my sushi will be without octopus or other cephalopods. It can’t taste as good when you think of them as the highly intelligent creatures they are.
I agree and laugh with her on this opinion. However, life moves on, and I’d like to think that I can live up to the standards of cephalopods. Intelligent, thoughtful, fantastic, bizarre, and non-cooperative when told what to do. Wouldn’t life be so much more exciting if we could all have at least one or two of these traits?
Have your parents, friends or family ever told you what your spirit animal should be?
Photo by Freder
Star Tribune link to the article listed above can be found here