My G, I Love You.

George and Vincent with a few of the 400,000 wild hogs on the island of Kauai.

I don’t watch many movies. Mostly because I just don’t have time. Also because I just don’t have patience. If I set aside 120 minutes to watch a movie, it has got to be well acted, well-directed, and have a plot worth caring about. Don’t get me wrong; I’m no movie critic. But I’m a close reader and analyzer of the human condition, and if those things aren’t conveyed to my standard on the big screen, I won’t watch it.

My younger sister told me months ago I should watch an independent flick, Blue Valentine. Something told me not to brush this recommendation aside. So, today, with my DVR of Dateline, 20/20, and 48 Hour Mysteries all viewed and erased, I had an empty DVR and an afternoon available.

WOW. My little sis was not wrong. I was so impressed and touched by the movie, I plan to send a copy to George and the crew at my earliest opportunity. There is one crew member in particular that I think will also be touched by the film. I shed a tear twice while watching the movie. The writing was great, the directing top notch, and the plot authentic. Thanks, Steph, for turning me onto this gem.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like fake. I like real. And I’m the first to admit that things have not always been awesome here between G and me the last eleven years. It’s not easy blending two entirely different personalities, families, and backgrounds. Two different learning styles, communication styles, and social styles. Especially when you live the commercial fishing lifestyle and you spend months apart each year, days together, adjusting and readjusting. When he’s in Westport, Sitka, Kodiak, Seward, Sand Point, two days from Russia, the local harbor…everywhere but home. Add children, dogs, homes, boats, quota, selling quota, buying quota, remodels, fishing gear, permits…whew.

But you know what? You’ve got to keep at it. Especially when you have little ones. They love you. And you love each other. It’s worth it to keep going until you resolve the differences or reach the point where you “appreciate” differences and not resent them. Where you can laugh (and boy, do we love to laugh!!) and enjoy each other, genuinely enjoying what the other has to offer.

This movie is a good reminder about all of that.

Thanks again, Steph. I won’t soon forget this viewing experience and the movie now ranks in my top five! :)

Steady As She Goes...

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