This made me think of a funny
story from Ellery Thompson
, the old fisherman profiled by Joseph Mitchell in The New Yorker
decades ago. Thompson
was a good amateur painter on the side. All the local fishing
boat captains wanted paintings done of their boats -- and they wanted the boat depicted in a storm, preferably at the moment of being struck by lightning
Your mom obviously took a different view of how to properly paint
a boat . . .
(For more on Ellery Thompson, get a copy of his memoir Draggerman's Haul,
or read Mitchell's profile in Up in the Old Hotel.