The Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot and Bear Grylls

So Pebbles and The Rock were watching a YouTube music video today, Gordon Lightfoot’s 1970s hit “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” from his album Summertime Dream.

Breathtaking photo of the Edmund FitzgeraldPhoto Credit

It really is a hauntingly beautiful song that tells a sad and tragic tale about the sinking of a ship named the Edmund Fitzgerald. If you’ve never heard it, you really should go listen to it. Right after you finish reading this post. I’ll post a link at the end for your convenience. ‘Cause I’m thoughtful, like that.

If you don’t know the story behind the song you can read the Newsweek article about it. Right after you finish reading. I promise it’ll be short.

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Pebbles, being the curious little gem stone that she is, wanted to know the meaning of the song. The Rock, being the wonderful daddy that he is, explained it to her.

When he told her that everyone on board the ship died when it sunk in Lake Superior she had to ruminate about it for a bit. Then she proclaimed that she didn’t think all of the people aboard had died.

“Why is that?” asked The Rock.

“Because,” she explained, “I’m pretty sure some of those people had watched Bear Grylls on TV. So they would have known how to survive out there in the lake until somebody came to rescue them.”

Yep. We’re raising the kid right. She loves her some Bear Grylls.

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“According to a legend of the Chippewa tribe, the lake they once called Gitche Gumee ‘never gives up her dead.'” — Great Lakes: The Cruelest Month, James R. Gaines with Jon Lowell in Detroit, ©1975 Newsweek Magazine

painting of the Edmund Fitzgerald wreckage on a frozen Lake SuperiorPhoto Credit

You can read the Newsweek article here, read the Wikipedia article here and view a nice hi-def video with lyrics of Gordon Lightfoot’s song here.

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And if you don’t know who Bear Grylls is, or what he does, you’d better go check out his extreme survival show, Man vs. Wild, on Netflix.

Because, trust me, if you get stranded on your next trip to the Congo or the Sahara Desert, you’re really, really gonna kick yourself for not picking up some survival tips before you left.

You know, like knowing how to safely drink your own urine. Or an elephant’s. And how to find food. Yummy things like spiders, live frogs and scorpions.

You really need to watch this show. He actually does this stuff. I kid you not.

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About Mai Stone

“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs…jolted by every pebble on the road.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher ~ A sense of humor is essential for surviving the pebbles on life’s road. Especially when they’re the size of boulders.
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