Saturday, January 20, 2007


As defined by Webster:

"exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of an object or class of objects"

Apparently Mr. Webster was not known for his compassion. There's no love here. No understanding. "Exaggerated, inexplicable, and illogical" are not words I would use to describe myself. Well, actually, exaggerated may be right on the money but inexplicable? illogical? NEVER!

My shark phobia (mentioned in an earlier post) is anything but! Allow me to demonstrate...



Need I say more? Yet for the sake of naysayers and hecklers I must needs continue. I am not someone who is unwilling to face my fears. I recently toured the Georgia Aquarium and stood within 5 feet (and six inches of glass) of a massive whale shark. Yes, I know they eat plankton, smarty pants, but it was a small victory none the less. "baby steps, get on the elevator." (for fellow Bob fans out there)

And what's more, I held a shark in my bare hands. While visiting Emerald Isle, a nearby fisherman pulled a small "black tip" shark out of the water and allowed my husband (with great pleasure) to bring it over and show me. Given his size and vulnerability being out of the water, I decided this was a great opportunity for me to put an end to the ridicule of some (Steve Jeffries) and take the bull by the horns, er... um, the shark by the fin, in this case.

I stood triumphantly holding what up to this point had been a placid creature waiting for Tim to capture the moment on film when suddenly the vicious beast began thrashing about wildly and chomping his massive jaws in the air. (that would be the exaggerated part of me coming out) Despite my best efforts, well, the picture says it all:

And so, after completely traumatizing both myself and the shark, we released the small, blood hungry feind back into the ocean. Last we heard, he has matured to adult size and is tracking a migration pattern toward the small island of Hispaniola. Hey, I saw Jaws 4 -The Revenge. It could happen. ;-)

*We do apologize for having broken the previous arrangement regarding Amie in bathing suits. We will do our best to avoid further breaches of contract. -the management


Papa and Borba said...

I guess I didn't realize you had a Phobia for sharks.

Hopefully this comment will come through. I already tried once and it apparently didn't take.

We're glad to see you already have a blog. Keep it up. That will be one good thing (and I'm sure there'll be many more) about your move. We'll hear from you more and hopefully see more pictures than now.

Our prayers are with you.

Papa and Borba

Papa and Borba said...

Hey, it's me again. I just realized you have to approve the blog - great idea - before it appears. Oh well, I'm learning.

nancy said...

Hey to the Sextons,
What a shock, initially, but you know what I do know of your family it really is not shocking. You will be awesome in Haiti. It will stink for us, but it will give us a place to visit. I'll be praying for you, for your "moments" for your "phobias" Given the size of that shark Amie, I would have been petrified too.
I am truly happy for your family. It will be really exciting to see what God's gonna do in and through y'all. (ok so I broke down and spoke southern)
Love ya
Nancy F.

The Sexton Crew said...

Papa- it's a sad truth. You will likely know more about your grandchildren from a third world country than just two states north. We are pitiful. You know this. We're glad you love us anyway!

We love you both. Borba -Stop fretting, start praying!

luanne said...

Have you no sense of decency, woman? That is the kind of picture you shred!!

The Sexton Crew said...

Lut'l -My motto is "humiliate yourself before someone else does." And remember, I have pic's of you, too. ;-)

Britt said...

Amie ... as far as I know, there are NO sharks in the bay (whose name escapes me, although there probably isn't even one) in-between the mainland and La Gonave. I'm gonna do some research and confirm this fact and get back to you. However, there are jelly fish, star fish, dolphins, and the occasional sting ray. But they are not known to sneak up behind you and attack, but if they do ... I know how to treat the stings. Basically, I'm just making sure that you are not worrying about sharks at Wahoo. Because it's not happenin, sista.

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