Mealtime is when family and friends bond, celebrate, and share stories. This section is my virtual table, where I write about people, places, events, and cultural tidbits, similar to the way I might share a story over a good meal.
Each vacation in Greece holds its own set of memories and special experiences. One such memory from last summer's trip was our boys' first time fishing. With both finally old enough to sit still in a boat, my husband and I agreed that it would be fun to take them out for their first catch. Having them tag along wasn't just a fun way to spend the evening, it also gave the children a chance to observe the fish in their natural environment and understand how they get from the sea to their plates. And so, after piecing together some small fishing lines, we were ready to head off. The boys were pumped!
On a typical fishing day, the guys will head out to the open sea for larger fish. However, with the boys onboard, we opted to stay close to shore and fish for smaller catch. As bait, we used clams picked from the sea earlier that day.
As we retrieved the line from the water, our eldest helped unhook the fish and place them in a bucket onboard. After catching nearly a dozen, we determined that it was getting too dark to continue fishing and set back to shore.
As the sun set behind the hill, the fish began to bite. Sneaky as they are, several of them managed to escape with the bait until eventually one stayed hooked.
Once back home, my mother-in-law cleaned the fish and fried them. The boys weren't keen on tasting the fruits of the evening's outing leaving the grown-ups to enjoy them.