|King crab legs|
“There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.” Wendell Berry
I saw these crab legs at the store for 22 bucks a pound. By my reckoning that makes a single King crab worth over a hundred dollars. I haven't eaten one leg since my crab fishing days ended.
Its 4 in the morning and our wonderful dog Tehya just died and so we aren't sleeping but grieving, praying, and thinking, about our common lives together with all life on this Earth.
I took this photo today. Below at the dock the crabber "Alsea" is ready for sea trials and then will be heading North to the Bering sea. Above the Cumulus clouds are beginning to bunch up against the Cascades and create some impressive combinations in the convergent zone.
Years ago I heard a sermon I think from Father Berbatov in Dutch Harbor AK about a story he was told by an Alaskan crabber who once caught a massive sea-turtle that had wandered far from her habitat in tropical waters. The crew dumped the turtle out onto the deck and they all marveled at how amazing and exotic the turtle looked writhing among the red crabs. The fisher said that he would never forget the discussion they had about what to do with the turtle, whether it was edible or not or if they could sell it. Finally it was decided to kill it. The fisherman told him that he had never regretted anything more in his life, that he knew in his heart that something had failed and been lost in all of them in that moment.
I can not say that anything ever failed in Tehya's heart.
|Tehya and Carlee Rae|
I have also walked this heart-breaking road with others many times. It may be that the loss of a dog or other pet may be one of the most common and universal forms of grief and sorrow that we (usamericans) can share. In some ways its surprising that churches and other religious/spiritual expressions don't imagine and create some/more liturgies that we can share together when we experience the loss of our 'Anam Caras' or animal Soul Friends. John O'Donohue said that, "When my faithful dog rests his head upon my knee, I feel God's heartbeat." I am going to miss her head on my knee, and I pray that I can learn to hear God's heartbeat everywhere. Blessings and much obliged brothers and sisters.