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One little, two little, three little tentacles…

on April 22, 2012

I’ve always had a curiosity about the ocean and all its creatures. And, I’m particularly crazy for octopi.  I love ’em. Not in a “dipped-in-a-light-batter-and-deep-fried” way, either. I love to paint them. Though I do remember, as a child, my mother trying to get some “inexpensive protein” for us, as we were on a tight budget then, and chose octopus. She had no idea how to prepare it (this was before the internet and there was nothing in the Betty Crocker cookbook on “cephalopod cacciatore” or “octopus a la king”) so she decided to do something “simple” and pan-fried it in butter. I remember she and I laughing, a lot, as she tried to keep the legs “unrolled” while they were cooking. They kept springing back like little rubber bands and, the longer they cooked, the tighter they got.  Needless to say, we didn’t have octopus that night. In fact, she couldn’t even get the dogs to eat it…

One of my favorite poems by Ogden Nash:

The Octopus      

Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
Is those things arms, or is they legs?
I marvel at thee, Octopus;
If I were thou, I’d call me Us.

 

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4 responses to “One little, two little, three little tentacles…

  1. Ilove them too! These paintings are wonderful. I love them.

  2. thatstylus says:

    To be fair, octopi are supposedly as smart as dogs, which could — but probably doesn’t — explain the last part about the dogs).

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