I love that we are related to fish.
Fish are kind of an art theme in our home. Years ago, I made a random online bid for a trio of ceramic fish as part of a fundraiser for the Planning & Conservation League. I ended up with three wonderful, large art fish which I somewhat dubiously installed outside on the backyard garden fence, on the wall in our bathroom, & on the ceiling in our living room. I know, the ceiling idea was pretty random, but now I can’t imagine our home without it. Let’s put more art on the ceiling! As they were growing up, we were known among our daughters’ buddies as ‘the house with the fish on the ceiling’. I guess there are worse associations for your kids’ friends.
These days we’re part of a ‘Community Supported Seafood’ group which provides us with yummy sustainably-caught fish every week (for the plate, not the ceiling). I found this excellent 2011 editorial “Let Us Eat Fish” & a subsequent (as-remarked-upon-as-remarkably) ‘civil’ discussion between an amazing group of marine scientists about sustainable fishing in the U.S. & worldwide. The main themes of these links are how ocean-caught fish rates as sustainable vis a vis eating other kinds of protein – meats, chicken, beans, etc., and then moves into the larger themes of how does eating fish fit into worldwide concerns about being able to feed everyone into the future with earth’s finite resources. Because I love fish, I’ve decided it makes sense to side with those whose research has shown that eating sustainably-caught fish is good for us (..not that that’s a 100% scientific reason, but I’m a hungry primate).
Love, and enjoy, our ancestors!
Image by Yuko Shimizu via the New York Times