Neal Freeland

Engineering/marketing manager, family guy. My personal blog with a few work thoughts mixed in.


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in summer 2002 i raced from san francisco to kaneohe, oahu with my parents and brother. halfway across the pacific, 1200 nautical miles from land, we caught a 40 pound yellow fin tuna. it was the best sushi i’ve ever had.  i was amazed by the fish’s brilliant colors: deep blue body streaked with yellow and green and flecks of red. as it lay dying in the boat’s cockpit, the blood draining out of the body and off the transom, the beautiful colors faded quickly and were replaced by the typical muted silver you see in the case of your grocery store fishmonger.
last night i saw this process in reverse. amelia came into the delivery room a dull, leaded grey like the block of a diesel engine. as soon as i cut the umbilical cord her heart and lungs kicked in, filling her body with blood and oxygen. the grey was flushed out and in came pink skin and crimson nails and red lips. it was the start of life, like a rose opening in the soft spring sun. i will never experience this color in the same way again. where i used to see pink as just a girlie color, i now see it as something infinitely precious: the color of my little girl.

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July 19, 2005 at 5:30 pm

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  1. YES!!!! this is awesome. we are very happy for the freeland clan. the name is perfect, i can\’t imagine a better one. Congratulations Freeland family. our wishes for speedy recovery, health and happiness are with you. villa kwong


    July 20, 2005 at 11:25 am

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