Wednesday, December 04, 2019

My father's pelican

Watching from afar
Cancun, Mexico
November 2019
This photo originally shared on Instagram
I have an unhealthy level of affection for pelicans.

Maybe it's the crazy-huge beak, or the way they fly seemingly without effort, in absolute command of the sky. Or the fact that they always look like they're smiling.

Or the fact that my late father would often talk about them as they flew over him and his friends, in perfect formation, wings barely moving, up and down their Florida beach, seemingly all day. If I was nearby, he'd point them out in the hope that I'd be able to capture them with my camera. If I wasn't, he'd tell me about it later on, a belated retelling of a majestic moment, now lost to time.

It's almost as if the birds knew they were putting on a show for the puny humans far below. And were only too happy to oblige.

So, over a decade after we lost him, the sight of a pelican brings me back to that sunny beach, to a place that made my father feel happy and fulfilled. Strange how that works, isn't it? The least I can do is try to record the scene, and hope it's enough to sustain a memory that brings me a smile, as well.

Years after pelicans became a thing for my family, I doubt this particular bird appreciates our family history, or the connected-to-my-father sentiment that resulted in me staring at him from afar.

But I was thankful to be able to take in the magnificent sight all the same.

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Tony Gasbarro said...

You blog appears to have gone the way of mine: "No Comments."

It looks like oyu haven't stopped writing. You are still able to wax eloquent. I've been lazy and barely posting even on that bastard, the Facebook, other than the occasional jab of a pun. (Hmm. Pun jab. I made a pun pun.)

Anyhoo, I'm smack in the middle of trying to get myself writing again, so what better way to do that than to

Yeah. My brain feels like it has dried up and gone blank.

Nice pitcher, though.

carmilevy said...

Wonderful to see you back in blogland, Tony! I'm thrilled that we've been able to stay connected via Facebook, but I admit I miss the rather tight-knit community we had going in the blogosphere before social media repaved the landscape.

From where I sit, you've always had great stories to tell, and I'm pleased you continue to pick up the pen. Looking forward to seeing what you gift us with next.