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Deep in conversation, two men fish on the pier. Are they friends? Father and son? I don’t know. But I’ve noticed men often speak openly to each other when they’re engaged in doing things, as if talking just for the sake of conversation is almost too intimate, too risky. Activity, no matter how minor seems to create a backdrop, an illusion of safety that makes soul-bearing less intimidating.

What have you observed?

6 responses

  1. I have noticed the same thing, too. I hardly see men talking for the sake of talking. They’ll be doing something, like fishing as you said, or drinking beer.

    January 28, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    • Yup, I see that pattern often. My sister has two sons and she says they open up more readily when they’re engaged in a project! Thanks for sharing your observations.

      January 29, 2012 at 1:24 PM

  2. It’s always fun to ponder what image awaits me, given your title. “Fish Talk” is perfect, Cheryl. Obviously, these two guys recently finished reading the book, “Boomerang, Travels in the New Third World,” by Michael Lewis. In this scene they’re discussing how Icelanders gave up fishing because money was so cheap to borrow, they thought they could make a financial killing without having to work their fingers to the bone. They’re marveling at the psychology that moves our species to eschew long-established values in return for a quick buck when the beauty of life can be found in cherishing our long-lived traditions – and being true to them. Bert (back to us) is now asking Zeke if he’d be interested in going in on a real estate deal in Greece; there’s a small fishing village for sale for a song, and they could make a killing by…

    Oops, maybe I’m reading a bit to much into it, eh? Kidding aside, this picture got me thinking and visually, it’s most enjoyable.

    January 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    • Ha1 Ya had me going there for a moment! Sometimes it’s fun to make up stories about a photo, especially when there are people involved!

      January 29, 2012 at 1:25 PM

  3. Agreed it is a great shot,as always with art it can mean so many different things to so many people,being a fisherman myself,one who is not great socially and doe’s little interacting with people I know little about,I can say it is a sport where people can be brought together and chat for hours,feeling as if you can hold your own and all are equal in the fraternity.

    January 28, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    • I agree that a shared interest in a project, sport or other activity does indeed help the conversation flow more easily. When we can find common ground with someone we are a bit more inclined to open the door to our inner world. Thanks for dropping by … that’s quite a catch you’re holding!

      January 29, 2012 at 1:29 PM

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