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The Baddest Mama Around

“Oh, the inhumanity!”

“Hey Lua, ya wanna hear a funny song I'm working on?”

 

“Of course, I’d love to.”

 

She was delighted by the offer but did not break the steady rhythm of her smooth, graceful brush strokes. She seemed to really enjoy the relaxing, smooth, repetitive activity of painting as we prepped Kalea for our journey.

 

I gleefully put down my paintbrush, grabbed my guitar, and sang my lighthearted little eco-ditty about Mama Gaia with all the passion and emotional depth of a lovestruck troubadour:

You’re sure beginning to annoy me
Oops! You fear you might destroy me
Oh, the inhumanity!
The way that you treat me
But I’m the baddest mama around

Those fossil fuels you find so magical

May turn out to be quite tragical

All that carbon in the sky

Someday you're gonna fry

'Cause I'm the baddest mama around

So proud you are of your dominion

Not too smart, in my opinion

Say, has that little virus scare

Made you any more aware

That I’m the baddest mama around

Floods gettin' floodier

Droughts gettin' droughtier, too

Disease more dis-easier

(Oh, I'm gonna have so much fun with you!)

You are so techno-optimistic
Your clever brains will somehow fix this
Well, I wouldn’t make that bet
'Cause ya ain’t seen nuttin' yet
Yeah, I’m the baddest mama around

Floods gettin' floodier

Droughts gettin' droughtier, too

Disease more dis-easier

(Oh, I'm gonna have so much fun with you!)

 

I hadn't even finished the number before she lost her composure in a fit of contagious laughter that drew me in like a helpless cork in a whirlpool of merriment. We both laughed together for a good long time.

Now any salty, savvy, seasoned skipper will tell you that great food is vital to the morale of passengers and crew at sea, especially when the going gets unpleasant or downright dangerous. Chef Lua would certainly provide that.

 

But laughter — with its fearlessness and solidarity — is mood-morphing magic.

 

It can sometimes be the most effective way to release the pressure from the mounting stress of a difficult situation.

 

And fortunately, Lua was one of those special class of people that laughed easily and often, a trait that I lack, but greatly admire in others.

 

There would surely be many extraordinary challenges crewing for a bunch of ill-matched landlubberly passengers dealing, many for the first time, with the tight quarters and daily discomforts of living aboard a relatively small vessel with few modern conveniences; Kalea was no luxury cruise liner, after all.

 

So I made a mental note to myself at that moment to keep ‘Laughing Lua’ in mind for when the time comes, and most certainly it will, that a rapidly deteriorating situation calls for the magical mood-morphing power of a timely and well-thrown lifeline of humor.

 

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