16 comments on “The Language of Fishing: A Father and Daughter Story

  1. What a sweet story and photos of your beautiful daughter, Maia. I have similar memories with my son and hikes to the beach (northern CA). You’ve given Maia such wonderful experiences and great adventures.

  2. Jack, I enjoy reading your blog and marvel at the beautiful photos you and Barb post. These sweet pictures of Maia add an extra richness to your written history of time spent together. My daughters are also blessed with musical gifts. My youngest is preparing for her Junior Recital next month at CSUS and her sister is rehearsing for a February 1st opening as Cinderella in a production of “Into the Woods”, by our own Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento. Your loving reminiscing brought to mind the first fishing trip my girls enjoyed on a family houseboat adventure on Lake Powell, Utah. A friend of my sister-in-law was their teacher, since neither my husband nor I were very experienced in the sport/art of fishing. Their proud smiles, as they hold up their “catch of the day”, hang in a shadow box in our home and continue to bring a smile to my face each time I walk past and steal a glance, recalling a wonderful day we all shared together. Thanks.

  3. Lovely narrative and pictures and now a little mystery is solved for me too. I was kind of curious why Cutterlight featured various postings of things referencing Japanese culture, i.e. anpan, laquered ohashi (chopsticks) etc. Well looking at her pictures it appears to me that Maia is a “hapa” like me! : )

    Speaking of Japanese-y things, I’ll have to try to locate and send you a special pan so that you can make taiyaki (tie-yah-kee). As Jack might already know, taiyaki are fish-shaped waffle/pancake treats filled with sweet red bean paste (anko). Such a yummy thing, especially during cold weather. I have a cast iron pan of my own but I think now there are electric versions available that look/operate a lot like a George Foreman grill. These days people opt for variations on anko and fill them with custard, bananas with chocolate, or Nutella. Anyway, I now have a quest and perhaps taiyaki will become a future blog subject??? Here’s a site that gives some background: http://mamaloli.com/recipes/dessert/taiyaki-recipe/

    As always, love reading the excellent Cutterlight blog!

    • Hi Kat. Thanks for the comments! I have fond memories of taiyaki at fairs and festivals in Japan. We don’t have a taiyaki pan, but what a great addition to our kitchen that would make!
      Your comments remind me of another Japanese fair & festival food we used to LOVE – takoyaki.
      For the first six years of her life, Maia lived in Japan. She still visits her native country every year and is fluent in the language and culture. And every Christmas, we watch the wonderful film “Totoro” together – one of our all time favorites.
      Thanks for reading, and thanks for writing! JD

      Hi Kitty –
      I would love to try and make taiyaki! I would love to feature your request in a future blog!
      Hugs,
      B

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