Annual Fish Fry Saturday night. Medium size gathering. Nine. Plus a dog. It had been raining that day. All but two close neighbours came by boat. Started at 4:30 due to possibly eroding maritime conditions later. Ended at 8:30. When everyone left it was black-as-pitch and, as each togged up in wet gear, checking flashlights and looking into the night, they were also checking their phones and the GPS Navionics program to make sure they could safely ‘see’ their way home.
We help a bit. Our house is visible for awhile so we turn on all the lights so that they can have a visual bearing as they leave.
When rural folks travel for dinner, they carry. Usually it is just a bag or two. Sometimes a tote is added. Pot luck dinners require the tote for the two pies or the huge salad not to mention the bottles of wine, ice cream, fresh-picked berries and, at this time of year, a cauliflower sized chunk o’ mushroom. They came bearing weight. They left with so much dinner packed in, it was likely the same weight leaving.
Prawns, scallops, tuna medallions, huge cod, seafood chowder, three salads, bread, the best scalloped potatoes (sounded fishy) and carrot cake and two pies.
Did I mention wine…..
It was a great evening. Lots of fun. Lots of laughs. Everyone had a good time. Even Sadie (dog) was happy. But one thing stood out for me. Not because of it’s uniqueness but rather for it’s ubiquity. Once again….like almost every time we gather and socialize…someone makes reference to ‘how great this life is’. The conversation goes on and on about this being ‘heaven’ on earth and how it doesn’t get any better and words like paradise and perfect and ‘never gonna leave’ flow like wine. It is all so nice. So nice.
And so true.
Median age: probably 65. Three in their 50’s the rest 65 plus. At least four over 70. Sadie is 3. But more to the point, they are all happy. NOT giggly happy (altho the wine does seem to have an effect) but rather content, satisfied, comfortable, and pleased with their lot in life. These people are ANYTHING BUT comfortable by urban standards but they are totally comfortable with their physical and financial level of forest-dwelling comfort.
That kinda says something about money, don’t you think? As an aside during our ‘happy circumstance’ discussion, I asked, “By the way, just out of curiosity, how many of you are carrying money or your wallet?” Answer: NO ONE.
Find a comfortable, rich, mansion-dwelling 65 year old in West Vancouver or Shaughnessy and I don’t think they are in the least one bit happier than was our collective group Saturday night.
That’s pretty cool.