"" Writer's Wanderings: Flashback Friday - The Happy Parrot Fish

Friday, August 14, 2015

Flashback Friday - The Happy Parrot Fish

I've been at this blogging thing for a long time--since early 2005 when my son said it was something I needed to do if I was a writer. Where did he get so wise? Thought I would look back to some of my early postings. Here's one from August of 2006.

Diving in Cayman the other day, I couldn’t help but be amused once again by the colorful parrot fish of the Caribbean. They are brightly multicolored mostly on a turquoise blue background with a mouth that looks like a beak—thus the name parrot fish. They go along crunching on rocks and then excreting them. Know those sandy beaches you love? The parrot fish helps make them.

While this may seem like a mundane job, the parrot fish seems to be quite happy in his lot in life. With all that roughage, he’s probably not constipated which certainly helps his mood. When you see the parrot fish from the side, his eye looks bright and clear and his “beak” is shaped like a smile. Rather than swimming along, he seems to skip through the water making him appear carefree and happy-go-lucky. You can almost hear him singing, “Don’t worry. Be Happy.”

Ah, yes. The Caribbean. Even the fish are happy!

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