Friday, February 06, 2009

Flashback Fridays...


Alrighty, I'm a little late here but wanted to jump in as last week I mentioned an octopus photo.


That is me, clutching my nanny Kumiko, while she holds the octopus in the other hand.

My parents ran a resort like I mentioned in last week's post and left us with our nanny who was a wonderful native women. Wonderful! She was a big part of my childhood while there in Truk as we were there probably the first 7 years of my life.

But, a very vivid memory that stays with me about this place and with her was that we used to lay jellyfish traps, (holes dug on the beach and covered with palm trees.), along the resort beach. The jellyfish season would bring them close to shore and when night fell and the tide rose, these suckers got stuck in the deep holes we dug. My nanny took them for eating. (*shudder*)

My mothers rule was that my sister and I did NOT eat anything she didn't approve of and this was one of them.

Okay so to the actual picture story.

When the tide was low, I was taken along with her out to the seaweed trenches of the beach. As a native she knew that octopus hid in them. The water was never really deep. As long as I stayed on her hip, we were always in maybe thigh high water.

As I think about it, she was amazingly quick. One memory is of her pushing her hand quickly in the water and out in one motion. With it came an octopus. I notice in this photo she has a spear, but I'm sure this wasn't that time. Or maybe it's how my little kid brain remember its.

I have to thank my parents for giving me and Antibloggedy some really fantastic memories of a childhood one could never imagine.

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So even though Friday is almost over, please stop over at Tara's TMI and post along your own photo!!

20 ramblings of your own:

Donnetta said...

What a wonderful experience and what a great memory!

Thanks for the welcome & commenting on my blog! :)

Lindsey said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog and sending well wishes to my brother! I love your nostalgia! I wish I lived in a beautiful beachy place!

Anna Lefler said...

Wow - an amazing story! And love the photos...

Have a great weekend...

:^) Anna

Heatherlyn said...

Wow! That is so cool! You are so lucky to have a picture of that as well as the memory! Did your Mom let you eat octopus? I had no idea that jelly fish were edible.

tara @ kidz said...

WOW. That makes my typical Utah suburb childhood sound mega lame-o. I'm so lovin the photo, especially the spear! Amazing. Thanks so much for making good on your promise! I can't wait to see what you share next week. =)

Days of Whine & Noses said...

thanks for the nice comment on my blog!

Looks like you live in a beautiful part of the world

Sherendipity said...

Dude, I envy your childhood so much! How awesome this story is.
Also, I'm sorry I've been neglecting you lately. I've been in a weird place and not visiting many friends lately, but I promise to catch up!!
And better yet, smarten up! ;)
I love the idea of Flashback Fridays. Thank you for doing this. I think I'll pop over to Tara's and give some participation, myself.

Denyse said...

Love your precious family!
Thanks for visiting me on my special SITS day!

Janna said...

Wow, sounds like you had an amazing childhood. Thanks for sharing!

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Tiffany said...

WOW!!! How cool!

Kim said...

That sounds like an incredible way to grow up. I bet you will have many interesting Flashback Friday photos.

the "Pan"lings said...

Love the memory!! Love the pic too! Your little girl is beautiful!

Thanks for the welcome!

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Julie said...

Wow, what a fun childhood! Hunting octopusses (is that a word?)

Tooj said...

Holy octopus - this is a GREAT story. :) And the picture is fantastic....classic childhood look.

Sweet Nothings said...

Wow, I've never heard of anyone eating jelly fish! Sounds interesting....

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! It's great to feel so welcomed into SITS!

Kalei said...

ummmm You remember way more than me.... amazing that she could fish with you latched to her hip....The poor other kid had to run along side....that would have been me if it were me.

word veri: acuptio....looks too much like octopus to not repeat it.

Mom on the Rise said...

Wow. What a great story and childhood. I have never seen an octopus up close. LOL

Visiting from SITS and thanking you for commenting on my blog.

Katy said...

Oh, my goodness, now THAT'S a story. Your little girl looks just like you in that picture. How sweet! Thanks for sharing the story.