On a sun drenched April afternoon at the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, we watched a thirty-something women, packed into a pirate costume, parade a jubilant crowd during a performance at an outdoor stage alongside the Mississippi River's edge. She was playful, she was sultry, she was tipsy. As much as we tried to focus on the music, Pirate Girl stole the show. She zigged, she zagged, she twirled, she dipped. Eventually her intoxication level exceeded her limberness, and she fell down. And so my new favorite drinking toast was born, "Pirate Girl Down."
It's fun to say and the visual is slapstick at its best - buxom, peroxide blond crashes to the ground while her crinoline and skirt swirl up, her breasts pop out of her tightly corseted top, and her faux leather, thigh-high, stiletto healed boots point toward the sun.
I've been toasting to Pirate Girl a lot lately. Even with a wrecked tail, the memory still makes me smile.
In between cheers to Pirate Girl, I've been googling obsessively - looking for the slightest bit of hope. As I mentioned in my previous post, 4 out of the 5 blogs I found from women with wrecked tails, are now dead.
And then I found Lesley, aka Pirate Girl.
Lesley is feisty, fun, and adventurous. In 2008 she and her partner sailed around the world on their yacht (she's a real life Pirate Girl). She is my age (okay, she's a bit younger). She was born in England and has lived in Israel for the past 30 years.
In 2012 she was diagnosed with stage 3b wrecked-tail cancer. She's now on the other side of pre-adjuvant therapy (chemo and radiation) and also the surgery and she's doing just fine! She's got a great attitude (attitude is everything). She's optimistic and grateful and I can't help but think.... if a Pirate Girl can do it, then a monkey can too!
Right now, I need to focus on what can and will go right, not what can go wrong. Right now, Pirate Girl is EXACTLY what I need. Pirate Girl won't let me feel sorry for myself. Pirate Girl won't let me stay down.
Lesley's blog is titled THE BOTTOM LINE - how clever is that! She also has a blog appropriately called, Pirate Girl, but her adventures are minimal and I must encourage her to tell me more tales of her riots and ruckuses on the open sea's.
So lets all lift our glass, or cup, or flask, or stein, to Pirate Girl... Pirate Girl NOT being down. Pirate Girl UP. Pirate Girl healing, thriving, living, loving.
xo, The Pirate in MOnkeyME