I would get up at 6am with my dad, pull on my boots and add one jacket on top of another. At only 8 years old, I’d fill that dented and well-loved Stanley thermos with hot chocolate – dad had his thermos of coffee – and traipse with him to the boat. I can still see the boat bobbing by the dock and smell the salty ocean water. A few seagulls say hello, but all else is quiet, serene – we witness the crack of dawn playgroup
He loved to fish, and I loved being part of dad’s crew. I’d curl up on the bright blue, tattered vinyl boat seat then stare at the end of my fishing pole for hours. Was that a bite? We listened to music – or Bill Cosby or the Nylons – and if my Uncle or grandpa were fishing on a nearby boat – we’d call them on the CB (long before cell phones existed). Roger.
After hours filled with a few exciting minutes of reeling like a mad-person, nets flying and big proud grins – we’d pull in our poles and motor back to dock.
I would watch as my dad deftly fileted each fish – on the dock there would be a pseudo sink with a spray hose and slab of wood preamp
My family ate salmon frequently. Often we would fish near the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state. Back in the day: we would catch our limits. We loved to eat salmon. And we always, always ate it with grandma’s special sauce. Now that I think about it: it was like smearing tomato aspic on the highest quality line-caught salmon you could find. Who does that?
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As a child, it was a given that we put ‘grandma’s special sauce’ on our salmon. Now I giggle at the notion that I accepted ‘special sauce’ without question. Even today, nostalgia easily trumps my professionally trained palate: I still make and love grandma’s special sauce jimmy choo handbags