The Mustang’s Wife

You may not be familiar with military slang, the word mustang in the U.S. Navy broadly means an officer who has has risen through the enlisted ratings to become an officer.  Navy lore suggests old seahorses rise through the ratings to become mustang officers.  Others suggest mustangs are wild,  roaming  the range  acquiring knowledge on how to survive in the wild and when they become officers,  they bring knowledge the military academies do not teach.  There is the belief that seahorses carried the souls of deceased sailors to the underworld – giving them safe passage and protection until they met their soul’s destination and that the mustangs would look after them in this world.  The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed the seahorse was an attribute of the sea god Neptune/Poseidon and as such, the seahorse was considered a symbol of strength and power.  Further, the ancient Eurpeans believed that the seahorse carried the souls of deceased sailors to the underworld – giving them safe passage and protection until they met their soul’s destination.

One Day in Alabama  Louise and her friend Peggy go to visit Peggy’s parents.