Yo-ho-ho! A pirate’s life for me! Ever since I was a child, I can remember how captivated I’ve always been by pirates, hidden treasure and the lore of the open sea. In grade 6 (the old standard 4), our prescribed book was Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I remember my fascination with Billy Bones and Captain Long John Silver.
“Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest–
…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest–
…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”
Those words left a chill on my spine and left my imagine vivid with tales of hidden treasure, Jim Hawkins and Captain Long John Silver.
A few years later, we were in for a treat with the launch of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. As a huge Johnny Depp fan I had to go and see the movie. I was full term with my son (he was due the next day), but I told my husband we will go and see the movie. Never argue with a pregnant woman!
What a delight! I immediately fell in love with the world of Pirates and swashbuckling again – with Captain Jack Sparrow’s funny sayings – “Ahoy Matey!”, “Savvy?” Needless to say both my kids are just like me – they love Pirates of the Caribbean and we’ve been through numerous Pirate-themed birthday parties! I even have a display in my lounge depicting The Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow, and all the Pirates of the Caribbean Movies! (Yes I am a huge geek – I know!)
I can’t wait for the next installment – Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)!
To end my chatter – here are some of my favorite quotes from the one and only Captain Jack Sparrow!
“Me, I’m dishonest, and you can always trust a dishonest man to be dishonest. Honestly, it’s the honest ones you have to watch out for”.
“Do us a favor. I know it’s difficult for you, but please, stay here, and try not to do anything stupid.”
“This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow.”
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand.”
“That’s what a ship is, you know. Its not a keel and a hull and a deck and sails. That’s what a ship needs. But what a ship is. What the Black Pearl really is . . . is freedom.”
“Why is the rum always gone?”
“Angelica: [Jack turns to leave] Wait! I am with child… yours. Jack Sparrow: I don’t recall that we ever had…Angelica: You were drunk. Jack Sparrow: I’ve actually never been that drunk.”
“You know the feeling you get when standing in a high place, the sudden urge to jump…I don’t have it.”
Ahoy Mateys! Yo-ho-ho! A pirate’s life for me!
For more information on the Pirates of the Caribbean, visit the official site http://pirates.disney.com/