Skip to main content

Friday Vari-e-tay: The Sea

This is my extensive list of "Things I Know About the Sea."
  1. It is large.
  2. It is salty.
  3. It is too cold to swim in, at least in Canada.
  4. Fish live there.
  5. Seaweed grows there.
  6. Some places have coral. Sometimes coral gets diseases and people study them. I don't know why.
  7. Some places it is so deep that we haven't seen the bottom yet.
  8. Some places you can fish for crab and lobster. I have done this. I also jigged (jogged?) for cod.
  9. There are dolphins and sharks in the sea.
  10. Whales are mammals.
  11. Sea cucumbers are animals! I have touched them.
  12. There are both freshwater and saltwater otters.
  13. Some birds live off fish. They are called seabirds.
  14. Male seahorses carry the babies before they are born.
  15. The highest tides in the world are in Canada - at the Bay of Fundy. They can be up to 16.3 metres high.
  16. Canada has the longest coastline in the world.
  17. Three times as much rubbish, by weight, is dumped in the ocean than fish are caught.
  18. A group of jellyfish is called a "smack."
  19. Herrings swim in "sieges."
  20. Guillemots run in "bazaars." (for the record, Guillaumes and Guillemots are very different from one another - one is a good-looking French man, and the other is a seabird of the Charadriiformes order. Although they do come from the same root word.)*

I have only seen this movie once. But I'm pretty sure it's the most influential film on children's understanding of the ocean.



*for the record, I stole facts 15 through 20 from
my friend Alasdair. I did, however, look up all by myself the extra facts about guillemots being of the order Charadriiformes and that they share a root with the name Guillaume.

Comments

Karen said…
I learned about crustaceans and baby flounder from that same documentary.
Laura J said…
I can totally tell you wrote this at 12am.
Beth said…
karen: AND forks and mermaids.

laura: i do my best writing at midnight, wouldn't you agree??
Sarah said…
The word "rubbish" in point 17 made me think of the UK. At first I thought it had something to do with recent twitters, but thanks to your explanation, it all makes sense :)
Anonymous said…
re # 3: The sea is not really too cold to swim in, it just requires courage!

Popular posts from this blog

Fostering FAQ: How Can You Say Goodbye?

It seems I finally have something(s) to say... Here's the first in a short (or maybe long?) series on Fostering FAQs. If you've got a question to add, feel free to comment/email/text/message me and maybe the next post will be in response.

--

8:30 am on Day 4 of parenting. I woke up in a panic two hours ago because I remembered that there is a baby and I am responsible for her (at least at 6:30am, when the man beside me will snore through anything). Now, I have put on clothes and eaten breakfast. The dogs are walked, there is a loaf of banana bread in the oven. My tea is steeping. Most importantly, Dream Baby is already down for her first nap.

Despite my morning efficiency, I'm already beginning to see that even with the happiest, most easygoing, and smiliest baby, like we somehow managed to be given, parenting is a grind. On Friday night, I couldn't join friends for $5 pints at a local joint. Instead, I blearily washed the same 8 bottles again, and then made another ba…

Fostering FAQ: How Long Will She Stay/Will You Adopt Her?

Our first foster baby came with about 18 hours notice; it was respite care, which means we had him for a few days while his regular foster family had a break/dealt with a family emergency. He stayed 3 nights, long enough to come to church and have a dozen people cooing over his little sleeping cheeks.  With each new visitor to our quiet corner, I explained again that he would be going back to his foster family the next day.

Barely a week later, we got a 9am phone call with a fostering request and by the same afternoon, we were snuggling her. This time, we had her for 4 days before church came around. Again, our community was keen to see the little one we had in tow. Again, the question, "How long will she stay?" And this time, "Are you going to adopt her?"

--

Here in Toronto, when a child is placed in foster care, it is always for an indefinite length of time. It depends on the parents' situation, and whether they are able to make a safe home environment for th…

Fostering FAQ: What's Her (Mom's) Story?

This is probably the second most common question I hear about the baby currently in our care, right after, "Will you keep her?"

It comes in many forms:

"So, what's her story?"
"Is her mom in the picture?"
"How did she end up in your home?
"Is her mom a drug addict?"
"How could a mom not love such a cute baby!"

I get it. It's natural curiousity, and I know I've asked similar questions of my friends who are adoptive parents.


But here's what I'm learning: a child's story is their own. And equally as important, the parent's story is their own.

Imagine how it might feel to hear that for the foreseeable future, you are not allowed to care for your child. On top of whatever difficult circumstances you are already in - perhaps poverty, social isolation, lack of adequate housing, domestic violence, intergenerational trauma, drug or alcohol dependency, low cognitive functioning, or a myriad of other complex strug…