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QW 031312 “Anemone type or Barnacle type?”

Isn’t this a great metaphor to describe two contrastive guys: Anemone type and Barnacle type. An anemone, aka sea anemone, is “any of several invertebrate sea animals that are coelenterates, look like flowers, and have clusters of brightly colored tentacles around the mouth” according to Merriam Webster Student Dictionary. It might be easier to explain it as a good companion or guardian for a yellow-tailed anemone fish which cohabits with sea anemone, “Nemo” in the movie “Finding Nemo” for instance. It exemplifies somebody who provides you with the security that you really need without making you feel obliged. A barnacle is a marine crustacean with an external shell. You can see lots of barnacles uglily grown on the faces of zombies in “the Pirates of the Caribbean”. It must be a metaphor for somebody who sticks to the person that he or she needs to cling to for survival. I found this phrase in this article. It’s about a grad. school graduate who remains jobless and cohabits with his long-time girl friend as a stay-home boyfriend. Obviously he wishes to be, quote, the anemone to her clownfish, not the barnacle to her boat hull. Isn’t it an effective yet poetic metaphor? I love being a sea anemone to such a sea anemone that provides me with such warm (even in chilly ocean!) and gentle affection and a solid sense of security. Then I’ll try hard to be an amusing and lovable companion for the one who has to be stationed permanently in one place.

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