Deadliest Catch or Fish on a Stick? by Jo Ann Tomaselli
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Catching itty-bitty catfish by net may not be as dangerous or exciting as the antics of the crew in the hit TV show ‘Deadliest Catch’ but in a small Cambodian river village on the Mekong Delta, catching fish consumes a major part of the daily work day.
By sunrise the village women and the men are floating small wooden boats down the river and, carrying large nets attached to poles, they drag the net through the water to scoop up the fish and dump them into the hull of the boat. On a good day, the boat is near sinking from the weight of the catch.
At home in the village, those too old to fish are building fires & youngsters are whittling skewers. The women have the task of threading live fish onto the skewers while the men tend the racks and the cooking process. After the fish are strung they are laid out to dry on racks and then smoked over open fires before transported and sold in the marketplace.
If you had to choose would you rather brave a reality TV show or work in a fishing village? Personally, I think I’ll pass on both although I did own a fish market many years ago!
Have a wonderful day doing whatever it is you love doing most and think about the words of Mike Dooley:
- What folks claim to want less of – like work, challenges, and help – they actually want more of.
- Those who say, “I don’t know what to do,” actually do know what to do.
- And people who continue to show up in spite of self-doubt, confusion and disappointment rock the world.
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